By: Liz Baessler
Organic foods are taking the world by storm. Every year,more and more products with the coveted “organic” label appear on grocery storeshelves, and more and more people are choosing to buy only organic foods,especially produce. But what does organic mean, exactly? And how do organic andnon-organic foods differ? Keep reading to learn more about whether you shouldbuy and grow organic or non-organic plants.
From the day organic marketing began, there’s been a fiercedebate about its advantages, with religiously held opinions on either side.This article is not meant to prove or disprove either argument – its purpose issimply to lay out some of the facts to help readers make their own decision.Ultimately, whether you choose to buy, grow, and eat organically is entirely upto you.
Organic has a slightly different definition when it’sapplied to different things. For seeds and plants, it means they have beengrown without synthetic fertilizers, genetic engineering, irradiation, orpesticides.
Organic produce comes from these plants, and organic meatscome from animals that have only eaten these plants and have not been treatedwith drugs such as antibiotics.
Is organic better? Conventional wisdom says yes, butresearch is a little more inconclusive. Several recent studies have shown thatorganic food is not noticeably more nutritious or better tasting thannon-organic alternatives. Organically grown produce is shown to have 30% lesspesticide residue than non-organic, but both fall within legally allowablelimits.
One of the strongest arguments for organic plants isenvironmental impact, as organic growing practices lead to less chemical andpharmaceutical runoff. Also, organic farms and gardens tend to be smaller anduse more environmentally stable methods, such as rotation and cover crops.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether growing,buying, and eating organic is a good fit.
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by Kiran Patil last updated - February 10, 2020 ✓ Evidence Based
People usually think that there is no difference between natural and organic food and that both mean the same. However, this is not true. If you compare organic and natural from their definitions, the difference will be quite clear.
Organic food refers to the food items that are produced, manufactured, and handled using organic methods defined by certifying bodies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Organic Food Products Act. Natural food, on the other hand , generally refers to food items that are not altered chemically or synthesized in any form. These are derived from plants and animals. Thus a natural food item is not necessarily organic and vice versa. 
But the important question is – “Why do some people prefer organic food and some prefer natural food?” This is because some people have the belief that synthesizing a food item results in some level of loss of its nutrients and beneficial properties. Therefore, they demand natural food.
Apparently, the demand for organic food is more than natural food because organic food seals are guaranteed and monitored by the government. An act similar to the Organic Food Products Act is necessary for natural food products as well, but it has not been made till now.
Consumers spend 25p more on 2 pints of semi-skimmed organic milk (£1.14) at most big supermarkets
45p more on an organic 800g wholemeal loaf (£1.20) at Sainsbury's
£1 more per kg on organic white grapes (£5 per kg) at both Sainsbury's and Tesco
£3.23 more on organic pork chops (£5.50) at Tesco than standard ones
£1.03 more on a pack of six organic mixed-weight eggs (£2) at Asda
40p more on a 340g tub of organic crunchy peanut butter (£1.70) at Sainsbury's
Source: MySupermarket. Standard non-sale prices correct on Friday 11 July
There is a difference in the terms “soil” and “mixtures”.
We must be cautious when we shop for our groceries as these harmful pesticides can be hidden ingredients. As a consumer who is concerned with natural health and disease reversal, it is important to educate yourself on what you and your family are eating.
Although organic foods are more expensive and can be more challenging to find at the grocery store, buying organic is definitely the easiest decision you can ever make for you and your family’s health.
Remember to grow your own food as much as possible and join a local, organic co-op if you can. If you absolutely must purchase non-organic produce, stay away from the Dirty Dozen Plus 2 and keep in mind that organic grains, dairy and most other products are certainly the healthiest way to go.