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Organic Fight-o Chemicals??

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!!
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    Poor veggies - stressful lives and then eaten!

    Makes sense, but not worth the price to me...Nothing like home-grown tomatoes in my book, in season, bugs and all.
    1791 days ago
    The price does give one pause...I know that some veggies are more worthwhile than others when it comes to going organic. Don't recall the leaders in that regard.

    1791 days ago
    Great article. I try to go organic when I can find it.
    1792 days ago
    If you think of organic not as branding but as being
    closer to nature in our highly processed and
    manipulated world, it is clearly better for our
    earth and probably better for us on many levels.

    Tune in energetically to your foods. Your body
    will intuitively guide you to your best choices. emoticon
    1792 days ago
  • M77355
    Thanks for posting this.
    One simple way to get fresh greens everyday, f you can't have a large garden or weather doesn't permit, is to plant a large pot with organic potting mix, buy a variety of $1.50/4" lettuce plants and a veggie friendly organic fertilizer. Planted lettuce can survive light freezes. Harvest outer leaves (as lettuce produces new leaves in center) for a salad every day. and have a beautiful potted plant, too!
    1792 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I have had my fair share of lousy tasting organic produce, but it came from a market that didn't have the turnover... so it was probably old stuff. Old produce tastes terrible.
    I do organic to avoid chemicals. To me it is part of eating clean. Research is always changing beliefs, so I follow my heart. Have you heard the latest about artificial sweeteners?
    1792 days ago
    I struggle with this too....a month or so ago I bought organic celery and it was AWFUL -- bitter, ugly, and twice the price. Maybe I just need to keep trying. In the meantime, I think I'm doing well just to increase my consumption of fruits and veggies.
    1792 days ago
    Probably why they taste better, too! (The organic ones, not the synthetic tomatoes and such.)
    1792 days ago
    I still struggle with this issue. Thanks for more data to digest.
    1792 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I have always purchased organic where ever possible as I make no compromise when it comes to quality of food -Mom thinks I am crazy spending the amount I do just to get purple potatoes, carrots and other organic stuff at the Farmer's Market or at the grocery store when they are far and away more expensive. It was more for not wanting all the chemicals on them than anything else, and also for how fresh they are when grown locally. Bonus is if they have more nutrients -but I had read a recent article on Sparks that debunked that myth that they have more nutrients -that studies showed no difference or were conflicting, hmm, who to believe. Don't care tho, I like my fancy coloured veggies :)) Enjoy!
    1792 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Went organic, unprocessed foods a few years ago -- by default, as chemical sensitivities and allergies dictated the change. Cost more but for me worth it (necessary). We are fortunate to have several local, organic-certified farms here with market days where one can get extremely fresh food direct from the grower. Eating in season from local growers avoids a lot of chemical processing that allows some produce to be available almost year round. Importation from countries that allow carcinogenic pesticides banned in the U.S. way back sort of defeats the purpose of the ban. Yep, the produces looks better and is cheaper at the checkout stand BUT is it worth it in the long haul? Personal decision time. Avoidance of long-term healthcare costs may eventually offset that cost difference. Stepping off soapbox.
    1793 days ago
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