Organic Vs Non-organic produce

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One of my lovely Instagram followers requested me to write an article on the difference between organic and non-organic produce in terms of health and nutrition. So here it is.

 

Ok so firstly, what is organic? “Organic” refers to a strict set of procedural rules that farmers must abide to in order to reduce pollution, to improve soil quality and create farming practices that are sustainable. Organic farmers do not use synthetic chemicals* like pesticides and fertilizers and do not genetically modify produce. *Certain natural pesticides and substances are permitted in natural farming like pyrethrins, light oils, copper and sulphur, and biological substances such as Bacillus thuringiensis. ‘Organic-certified produce’ indicates that the food was cultivated, harvested, stored and transported without the use of synthetic chemicals.

 

So why do people choose organic? Environmentally, organic produce has a lesser impact on our soil and water systems. The excessive chemicals used in modern farming techniques have lead to a reduction in soil fertility and an increase in blue-green algae in our waterways. Many studies have repeatedly shown that the there are very few compositional differences between organic and regular produce, however limited research did point towards there being higher nitrate and lower vitamin c content of regularly produced vegetables, particularly the green leafy variety. A systematic literature review comparing organic to regular produce shows that nutritionally there is NO significant difference between organic and regularly produced products. For those of you reading this who have IBS and are on the low FODMAP diet, there is no research to suggest that organic products would be better tolerated than non-organic produce.

 

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So what’s my take on this? If you can afford the additional cost of organic and want to do it because it’s more sustainable for our planet – go ahead, you’re doing a great thing. If you want to rely less on conventional farming and can’t afford to buy it, why not get your hands dirty and plant yourself some fruit and vegetables. There are many that don’t require much space or time like kale, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and passionfruit. It doesn’t cost much money, and some councils actually provide their residences with free seeds. You’ll be amazed at what sun, water and some good soil can provide you with. It’s also quite therapeutic working in the dirt and creating something.

 

Do you agree, or do you have other thoughts on the matter? I'd love for you to comment below :)

 

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- Jenna