Friday, February 22, 2013
I don't ordinarily buy organic produce because it's so much more expensive. But a recent article in my Globe and Mail is making me rethink the cost/benefit analysis:
A study in Brazil of similar produce (tomatoes) grown in similar environmental conditions, one conventionally and the other organically, concluded that organic is best. It might be smaller and less attractive in appearance . . . but it had more phytochemicals: the antioxidants that help slow aging and fight disease.
Because organically grown veggies use energy to fight off insects and fungi and other enemies. they aren't as plump . . . but the very compounds they generate to make them resistant to attack also help the humans who eat them resist disease in turn.
The stress is good for the veggies, when measured in nutrition rather than in volume. The stress makes the veggies good for us! Less plump even??
Grocery shopping tomorrow. Maybe I'll buy some fight-o chemicals!!