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Organic nutrition vs. conventional food nutrition

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Today I responded to an interesting blog on Sparkpeople re: a recent study related to organics vs. conventional food.

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The following is my response on the blog & I've included the link to the original dailySpark blog after my response:

"Many excellent points have been made in this blog. Here are my thoughts:

I am suspicious of the study. Although the technical analysis of the "nutrition" may be similar, it is my understanding that the human body can utilize the nutrition in the organic food more efficiently, since the origins of the organic food nutrition evolved as the human body evolved vs. some of the nutrition in conventional food being man made (man made vitamins for example). This same reasoning has lead me to be against gmo's.

I am also suspicious of claims of being "organic." Another blogger indicated that some organics come from China. I have heard this before, & I am aware of some major stores purchasing broccoli from China (Although this was a few years ago. I remember some of my favorite places to shop pulled broccoli from the stores, which is how I found out that the broccoli came from China, but I can't remember the specific problem that occurred). I also have reason to believe that safety & regulations are not followed to the extent that we would expect in the US.

Re: the point that has been made to just wash the produce. You can't wash off the pesticide that has permeated into the interior of of the fruit or veggies. Whether the produce has a peel or not, the exterior is permeable.

Another point for me is that I question some of the ethics of the big players (stores) in organics. In one case a very large store chain decided to get involved in a political issue that I thought was very inappropriate & harmful to the public. In the case of some local stores that are part of a different store chain, the local distributor has been cited for inhumane conditions of the produce workers supplying to the local stores.

Financially it is a struggle for me to purchase organic although I buy as much as my budget will allow. In general I do believe organics are better for humans & the planet. "


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