The organic-versus-conventional produce predicament is more nuanced than just identifying the nutrient density of the vegetables or fruits in question.
Choosing which route to take is a decision that influences your wallet, health, and the environment.
The Price Tag
The sticker shock associated with organic produce often deters shoppers from making this selection. And, while price is one thing, you don't want to discover the potential costly health consequences of conventional produce. So, in the long run, choosing organic produce may prove more important than you think.
Several studies have drawn the conclusions that organic and conventional produce are on equal footing when it comes to vitamin and mineral density. However, according to a large meta-analysis by the British Journal of Nutrition published in 2014, organic crops boast significantly higher concentrations of polyphenol antioxidants and beneficial compounds.
Perhaps the most important health factor to consider when choosing your produce is the level of pesticides you are consuming. “Compared with conventionally grown produce, organically grown produce has lower detectable levels of pesticide residue,” says The Mayo Clinic.
Chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, asthma, lupus, and arthritis, and neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS, birth defects, and reproductive disorders are linked to pesticides. This is due to how pesticides disturb your body’s cellular homeostasis.
When you consider the effect that pesticide-ridden conventional produce can have on your body, the price tag of organic produce becomes less of a worry.
Organic farming practices influence your body’s well-being, and they benefit the earth.
Organic farming prioritizes:
- Soil and water quality
- Reducing pollution
- Self-sustaining cycle of resource
Organic farming does not permit:
- Synthetic fertilizers
- Sewage sludge fertilizer
- Irradiation to preserve food or eliminate diseases and pests
- Genetic engineering to improve crop yields
Considering the informational dirt on conventional produce, it becomes clear that organic produce is the healthiest choice not only because of its high antioxidant levels, but because it is free of toxic pesticides.
At Terra Health & Wellness Market, we take great pride in our produce. From origin to quality, we carefully select only the most valuable products for our customers. We offer 100% organic produce, whether it’s USDA-certified or locally sourced. Plus, our prices are often lower than the big-name grocers.