Posted by The Galway Girl on 4th August 2009

Does Organic Really Matter?

This seems to be an on-going internal debate in my life. So, I thought I would share what I have come up with. I am learning that “organic” means a lot of different things from how things are grown, to how they are kept, to how they are harvested.

Fruits and Veggies are grown without traditional pesticides, and do not have chemical growth enhancers. Animals are grown without steroids and hormones to influence their size, what you might call grain-fed. According to the Mayo Clinic, there has not been any proof that the safety of non-organic foods is anything to be concerned about. If you properly clean your produce before consuming it, the amount of chemical residue you might consume is minuscule. However, the hormones are what really concerns me. I don’t know all the health precautions of ingesting them through our food, but it can’t be good for us.

Then cost is another issue. “Organic” foods cost a lot more due to the more labor intensive growing methods and lower crop yields. But, they are also a lot more environmentally friendly. Growing these crops does not add more chemicals to the environment. Plus, they are grown in a fashion that promotes water and soil conservation.

One thing is for sure, I love buying locally grown produce from the farmers market. It is amazing how much fresher and better it tastes!

    1 Response

  1. Cece says:

    I agree the horomones are scary!

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