Pros And Cons Of Organic Foods

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Many people debate on whether organic food is actually better for you. Advocates believe organic foods are safer and more nutritious. Although organic sales have been steadily increasing, “many experts say there’s not enough evidence to prove any real advantage to eating organic foods” (“Is Organic”). Much of the organic movement has been driven by social trends and misinformation about health benefits.

In terms of synthetic pesticides, it is true that organic crops have about one-third the amount of pesticide residue as the conventionally grown crops (“Is Organic”). With that being said, the amount of man-made pesticide residue in conventional foods is still far below the level deemed unsafe. So, even though organic crops have less pesticide
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In terms of health, there isn’t much difference between conventional and organic foods in adults (Radcliffe).

Organics isn’t even really about health benefits. The difference between organic and conventional foods is the environment. Organic foods are free of certain genetically modified organisms, pesticides, sewage sludge, etc. Organic production is healthier for the environment, not so much our health. New York University professor Marion Nestle, Ph.D, M.P.H. says organics have always been about the environment and, “The only reason for organics to be about nutrition is marketing” (Radcliffe).

All in all, there’s not enough evidence showing organic foods are healthier for you than conventional foods. Although organic foods do have less synthetic pesticide residue and more vitamins and minerals, the difference is minimal and the health benefits are negligible. Research also suggests organic crops could have more natural toxins that could be more harmful than conventional crops. Marketing has made organics about nutrition, when studies have shown the health benefits are virtually

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