The popularity of organic produce has increased dramatically over the years and for good reasons.   Organic produce has now been shown by a number of studies to be more nutritious than produce raised with chemicals.  I will share some reasons why I choose to eat organically grown food.

A $25 million, four-year study of organically certified food, funded by the European Union, found that organic fruits and vegetables contain up to 40% more antioxidants.  Organic produce had higher levels of beneficial minerals like iron and zinc.  In fact, the milk from organically raised cows contains 60% more antioxidants and essential fatty acids than conventional milk.

A doctoral dissertation by Virginia Worthington at John Hopkins University in 2001, revealed:

  • 27% more vitamin C in organically grown vegetables
  • 21% more iron
  • 29% more magnesium
  • 13% more phosphorous
  • 15% fewer nitrates

There should be no remaining doubt that buying organically grown produce is well worth the effort and additional cost.  If you can’t buy organic, be sure to at least avoid the conventionally grown “Dirty Dozen”.

Below is “The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” it was developed by the Environmental Working Group (see www.foodnews.org)

Dirty Dozen  Most chemicals used (buy only organic)

  1. Peach
  2. Apple
  3. Bell Pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Grapes (imported)
  11. Carrots
  12. Pears

Clean 15 (lower in pesticides)

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomato
  15. Sweet Potato

It is good to avoid the health-damaging pesticides and herbicides when at all possible.  The chemicals are especially concentrated in vegetable or fruit juices, in dried fruits or vegetables and in animal products.

How your food is grown or raised can have an impact on your physical, mental and emotional health. Many people who have food allergies or food sensitivities, find when they eat chemical free, preservative free or organically grown,  that their symptoms lesson or go away.

Take a look at the chart below to get a good idea of the health benefits of eating organically:

The benefits of organic food

Organic produce: Conventionally-grown produce:
Grown with natural fertilizers (manure, compost). Grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers.
Weeds are controlled naturally (crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching, and tilling). Weeds are controlled with chemical herbicides.
Pests are controlled using natural methods (birds, insects, traps) and naturally-derived pesticides. Pests are controlled with synthetic pesticides
Organic meat, dairy, eggs: Conventionally-raised meat, dairy, eggs
Livestock are given all organic, hormone- and GMO-free feed. Livestock are given growth hormones for faster growth, as well as non-organic, GMO feed.
Disease is prevented with natural methods such as clean housing, rotational grazing, and healthy diet. Antibiotics and medications are used to prevent livestock disease.
Livestock must have access to the outdoors. Livestock may or may not have accoress to the outdoors.

I personally choose to buy organically grown or chemical free food because I want to get the most nutrition, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in the food I eat.  I like feeling good, having plenty of energy in my aging body and being in good health. 


Above all things I wish that you would prosper and be in good health!


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