Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Organic vs. Inorganic

I have been reading so many articles lately regarding the choice of Organic vs. Inorganic food but they are all so non-conclusive discussions.

Organic foods are foods that are grown without synthetic chemical pesticides or fertilizers: consumers who buy organic are looking to avoid dietary ingestion of such chemicals.

The Environmental Working Group recommends a list of items that SHOULD be purchased organic. The group is a non-profit that has set its sights on trying to protect individual and global health. Here is the list:

Apples, Celery, Strawberries, Peaches, Spinach, Nectarines (imported), grapes (imported), sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries (domestic), lettuce and kale/collard greens: These had a higher pesticide load.

Onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocados, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and mushrooms: Those fruits and vegetables had the lowest pesticide load.

The disadvantage of Organic food is that it is expensive and doesnt survive much longer since it is free of chemicals.

The argument still remains open for me - what is better? Organic or Inorganic.

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