Paying Extra for Organic Produce

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated August 21, 2013)

In the current day and age there are so many different options for just about every consumer product and that includes the produce you buy. One of your produce options is organic produce and the question you may have is: is it worth it? Organic food tends to be more expensive and so if you buy it you want to make sure that it really does make a difference somewhere.

Organic food differs from non-organic food in that organic food isn't genetically modified. Usually non-organic food is treated with pesticides and is also affected with other chemicals to "enhance" the value of the product. Food not treated with these chemicals (whether those chemicals are pesticides or enhancers) has a few different results. One of those results is that the produce is ideally more "pure" or less altered, supposedly resulting in more nutritional and less harmful. If the produce isn't treated with other chemicals, that also means good things for the environment if you're concerned for nature. Also though, because the produce isn't treated like other produce and is less common it is more expensive.

Something else to keep in mind also is that organic foods aren't necessarily completely pesticide-free. There is definitely less residue on organic foods, but it's almost impossible to grow produce without using some kind of pesticide somewhere and that residue can't help but land on some of the produce.

Some say that organic food tastes better than "normal" food, but some don't really notice much of a difference; that could come completely down to preference. Also, studies have shown that the nutritional value of organic foods in comparison to non-organic foods isn't much different. So when it comes down to it, you don't have to buy organic food to stay healthy. If you want to spend the money (for whatever reason: you think it's healthier or you're just concerned for the environment). You can be just as healthy if you eat non-organic food and so it simply boils down to a matter of taste and preference. If you think organic food tastes better then go for the organic if you can. If you don't care, then that's okay too.

Organic food versus non-organic food is completely subjective. You won't die from eating non-organic food and you won't outlive all your non-organic-food-eating friends by just eating organic produce. If you want to spend the extra money then nothing is stopping you, but you can be just fine spending less and eating non-organic food.

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Doris Donnerman

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