Today when we go to the grocery store we are faced with many more options for the one type of food. Part of this can be accredited to the flourishing organic market. Organic food has become a hot trend due its consumer safe quality as well as its economy friendly status. Organic foods are foods grown without the use of harmful pesticides or chemicals. The organic farmers use all natural methods to grow their crops. Organic farms give their animals hormone-free diets as well as allow them to have more room to graze, giving them a more positive living environment. Food not grown organically is grown with the help of herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers etc. to help the growth of the crops as well as the animals be at a more accelerated pace. This makes the crops produced available in a shorter amount of time.

Most consumers wonder if organic food is better for you than non-organic food. Like most foods we eat, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Organic foods are great because they treat the animals fairly when it comes to their diets as well as the space they have to move. Also, since organic farms do not use pesticides, the incidence of spreading disease from crop to crop or animal to animal is reduced. A disadvantage to organic farming is it is more time consuming for the farmers due to the fact that less crops are produced per acre because they do not use pesticides. This makes organic foods more expensive to the consumer. Foods not grown organically are at an advantage because they are less expensive due to the use of pesticides and herbicides speeding up the growth process. They are also more readily available in grocery stores compared to organic foods. A disadvantage of non-organic farming is the use of un-natural chemicals to help grow the crops.

So which one is healthier?

Research is still being done to determine the health benefits of organic vs. non-organic foods, however right now there are no studies that prove one is better than the other. I believe that, whether organic or non-organic, selecting fruits, vegetables, and lean meats over selecting packaged goods is a healthier option. As for organic vs. non-organic, I suggest trying both to find your preference. Remember buying fresh, local produce is best for you and the economy!

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