Organic vs conventional food

Organic vs conventional food

The truth is that many people eat organic food just because celebrities are eating it! People who know the real difference between organic and conventional food are hard to find! The main difference is in their production process. During the growth of plants that produce organic food, farmers don’t use pesticides! On the other side, they use natural fertilizers, and naturally control insects and weeds (crop rotation, tiling, hand weeding, birds’ insects and traps). Farmers that produce conventional food, use: pesticides, chemical or synthetic fertilizer, insecticides and herbicides! They all are harmful for us!

Even so, people usually buy locally grown food. This has financial benefits, because that money stays in that community and improves the local economy, which is important for farmers as well! Average distance between a farm and a dinner plate, in the US in 1.500 miles! This means that food transported from bigger distances is more expensive and it causes more pollution (because it is usually transported with big trucks). As the final result, locally grown food is always fresh!

Anyway, not all food contains the same amount of pesticides and other harmful chemicals due to conventional farming. Fruits and vegetables that contain the highest pesticide levels are: apples, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, celery, strawberries, nectarines, kale/collard greens, spinach, hot peppers, summer squash and peaches.

On the other side, conventional grown fruit and vegetables with low pesticide levels is: sweet corn, kiwi, eggplant, mushrooms, cabbage, papaya, onion, grapefruit, pineapple, asparagus, avocado, mango, sweet potatoes and canta.

In both cases, it is better to eat organic fruits and vegetables. Their nutrition is the same, but organic food is healthier and it tastes better!


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