Is it worth paying more for organic?
Eating organic produce and meat sounds nice, but is it really worth the often higher cost? To help you decide, here’s what researchers say you get from eating organic…
Eating organic foods help preserve your health
1. Eat significantly less pesticides
Would you grab a bottle of pesticide and spray it into your mouth? If not, then you may think twice the next time you eat a typical salad. A study published in the journal Environmental Research shows eating an 80% organic diet for just 7 days lowered people’s total pesticide metabolite levels by as much as 96%. The average saw total pesticide levels drop by a half – still an impressive amount. Research leader Dr. Liza Oates says, “Recent studies have raised concerns for the health effects of these chemicals even at relatively low levels.” So any drop in pesticide intake is a good thing.
2. Organic foods provide higher nutritional benefits
A review of 342 peer-reviewed publications show conclusive proof organic crops contain more nutrients. And the food made from these crops do too. Organic crops have significantly higher levels of antioxidants that have been linked to decreases in chronic disease risks such as heart disease and certain cancers. In addition to having less pesticides, organic crops average 48% less cadmium levels than conventional crops. Cadmium is a highly toxic metal that can cause kidney failure, bone softening and liver damage. It can accumulate in the body, so even at low levels chronic exposure is dangerous.
Eating organic foods help protect our planet
3. Organically managed soils could reverse effects of climate change
Organic agriculture can benefit climate change. A study by Rodale Institute shows we can lower annual greenhouse gas emissions by 40% if all current cropland adopted regenerative organic agriculture. If the planet’s pastures changed too, we’d lower carbon sequestration by 71%.
4. Organic farming could save our honeybees
You probably heard how honey bees are dying off in such masses, it’s affecting the pollination of over $30 billion worth of crops. And our supply of honey. Harvard researchers found 94% of hives exposed to low levels of two common insecticides (imidacloprid and clothianidin) died within 23 days. Showing a link between neonicotinoid use and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die.