Are Organic Foods Worth The Cost?

| November 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
English: Organic vegetables at a farmers' mark...

English: Organic vegetables at a farmers’ market in Argentina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Spending money on organic foods is generally going to be more expensive than going for non-organic foods. However, what you spend is made back as an investment in food that tends to be more nutritious and healthy than other varieties of processed and non-organic produce. At the same time, the cost of organic food is transferred into environmental benefits, as well as more sustainable farming methods. In this way, an investment in organic food can translate into long-term health, and wider social benefits, from improving your local economy, through to helping independent farmers to compete in a crowded market.

Benefits of Organic Foods

Organic foods are typically produced with less preservatives and artificial additives than non-organic food. Foods that are grown organically use natural farming methods that avoid pesticides and growth hormones, and tend to be grown with the seasons. It is important, though, when selecting organic food, to make sure that you get the right degree of organic quality. 100 per cent organic foods are made without any synthetic ingredients, while other types of organic food may contain some artificial content, but are generally not produced using the worst pesticides and hormones found in most foods.

The health benefits of organic food specifically relate to how they’ve been grown, and their lack of pesticides and hormones. Peaches, apples, and potatoes particularly benefit from lacking residues of these chemicals, and prevent them from entering your body. Always check labels when buying organic food, and try to focus on finding produce from local co-ops and farmer’s markets that have been clearly marked out as being grown in specific conditions. While organic food is not, as a rule, much more nutritious than other types of food, their lack of pesticides and hormones does make them healthier.

Other advantages of paying more for organic food include the ability to contribute towards more sustainable farming methods. Organic food grown without pesticides and hormones will not contaminate the soil and the atmosphere around farms, and encourages more sustainable farming overall. At the same time, investing in organic food helps to promote higher quality organic farming, and methods that will sustain production, rather than damaging areas of land through over farming and chemicals.

Supporting certified organic producers, and buying your food from stores that have clearly labelled organic standards will allow the market to become more widespread, with the aim of gradually reducing price. Spending more on organic food consequently represents an investment that has many benefits. You’re not receiving food that is significantly more healthy, but you are committing to schemes where the conditions behind its production is more ethically motivated, and free from some of the most dangerous contaminants used in industrial scale farming. Being able to support your local farming community and economy by buying organic food will also help to prevent the standardization of produce, and allow independent farmers the opportunity to receive a fair price for their products against the deeper discounts offered on imported food and pre-packaged foods by larger supermarkets.

 

Author Bio: Liam Ohm writes about organic foods. He highly recommends co-op food for a great range of food and more. In his spare time Liam enjoys cycling, photography and networking.

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