Organic food is typically more expensive than the same food without this label, but is it always worth the price? What makes organic food different and is it always a better choice for you?
Many people believe that organic food is healthier and safer than non-organic options. The organic fruit and vegetable market grew explosively in the U.S. and Europe during the past 15 years. Organic produce is different because it’s grown differently. The producers are not allowed to use chemical fertilizer nor most synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. These are some of the most common misconceptions regarding organic foods:
- They’re healthier: the truth is, organic food has the same amount of nutrients as non-organic foods.
- They’re clean: remember to always wash produce before eating, even if it’s organic.
- They’re local: they don’t have to be; organic fruits and vegetables are produced around the world.
In the end, is organic produce worth the extra cash? If you want to support organic farming, which is much gentler to the environment, yes. If you eat the skin on apples, peaches, etc., yes. But if you’re looking for the cheapest nutritious option that you can find you’re good with the regular fruits and vegetables.