In our generation, it seems that everyone is doing away with non-organic products, and leaning in favor of the seemingly healthier organic options. The USDA has found the prices of organic products to be about fifty percent more expensive than their non-organic counterparts.Though the prices of these organic prices are noticeably higher, are the health benefits of opting in favor of such products significant enough to pay them?
In wake of the debate over which is better, organic or non-organic, researchers have put a lot of time in uncovering the truth. Three studies carried out in 2009, 2012, and 2014 all found that the difference in nutritional value was extremely insignificant. The only slight difference between organic and in-organic products, was that phosphorous levels were recorded to be higher in organic products.
Consumers, who are aware that organic products contain little to no increased nutritional value, may still opt to purchase them. Why, you may ask? These consumers argue that non-organic products are sprayed with harmful pesticides, while organic ones are not. If only this argument could be justified, but sadly it is just a myth as well.
Though organic products are thought to be grown in a more natural way, their growth process still requires the use of pesticides. These are referred to a “organic pesticides”. A study has found that these pesticides are actually needed in larger doses in comparison to the quantity needed to non-organic products. As a consequence they prove to be irreversibly, detrimental to the environment.
These findings have definitely made me think twice before I purchase organic goods in the supermarket, and I hope they urge you to rethink your choices as well!