Speak to the advocates of the organic farming and you will know that organic fruits and vegetables are almost always better than conventionally produced agricultural products that use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Organic foods have higher level of nutrition and leave less of an environmental footprint. Organic foods are better for the environment and they even taste better. Organically produced fruits, vegetables and cereals contain more antioxidants, less pesticides residue, lower levels of toxic metal like cadmium compared to foods grown in conventional ways.
According to a recent study conducted by the researchers at the Newcastle University, organically produces fruits, vegetables, and cereals contain significantly higher concentration of nutrients like antioxidants when compared to conventionally grown crops. Moreover, it’s an obvious fact that organically produced crops will have lower levels of toxic, pesticides and metals. The research paper pointed out that organically produced fruits, vegetables and cereals have between 19 to 69 percent higher concentration of certain antioxidants than conventionally grown crops. Scores of scientific studies and clinical trials around dietary intervention and epidemiological studies have proved that these antioxidants and other plant based chemical compounds are linked to reduce risk of chronic disease including cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases and certain type of cancers.
Studies on the conventional crops found that they are four time more likely to have pesticide residue than organic ones. On the other hand, research conducted on organically produce cereals, observed that they have significantly lower concentration of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal. So to sum it up, organically produced fruits, vegetables and cereals leads to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidant and will prevent you from harmful exposure to toxic heavy metal.
However not all research seem to advocate the health benefits of organically produces crops over conventionally grown ones. For example a significant large study conducted by the Stanford researchers and published by the New York Times in 2012, found that organic foods on an average are – no more nutritious – than their conventional counterparts. Another study published in 2009 by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also reached at similar conclusion and presented their verdict that there is no evidence of a difference in nutrients quality between organically grown and conventionally produced agricultural products.
But then there are counter studies that supports the concept of organic crops that they are better for health. Researchers at the Washington State University observed in their study in 2010, that organic strawberries contained more vitamin C than the conventional ones. There are also scores of scientific study that show that consuming pesticides could be harmful to health and that’s where the real difference lies. Conventional agricultural production involves generous use of potentially toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers where by organically produced fruits and vegetables are not deliberately exposed to toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. However it still seems more research needs to be conducted to determine whether or not organic produce is really better for health or not.
Posted by: MJC