The Organic Debate [infographic]
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If you’re buying organic simply because you think it’s a healthier option, think again. A recent Stanford University study concluded that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts. That said, many Americans cite other reasons for buying organic.
What Qualifies as Organic?
Organic livestock are fed organically produced feed that’s free of pesticides and animal products. They’re also given access to the outdoors, direct sunlight, fresh air and freedom of movement.
- Organic foods are usually grown without synthetic pesticides.
- Only organic fertilizers are used.
- They don’t use antibiotics or growth hormones in organic foods.
- In 2011, the organic produce market in the U.S. grew to $12.4 billion, up 12% from 2010.
- Grown More Naturally.
- Concerns about the effect of pesticides on Children.
- Supports Independent Farmers.
- Provides healthier conditions for farm workers.
- Concerns about the effects of large-scale conventional farming on the environment.
- Perceptions that organic foods are tastier than conventional ones
- Contains fewer pesticides
- Human health and animal welfare concerns.
Recommended Produce to Buy Organic
- Apples, Blueberries, Strawberries
- Potatoes, Green Beans, and Celery
- Sweet Bell Pepper, Kale, and Spinach
- Peaches, Grapes, Nectarines
- and Cucumbers and Lettuce
Produce With the Least Pesticides
- Onions, Mushrooms, Pineapples
- Grapefruits, Cantaloupes, Eggplants
- Sweet Corn, Watermelon, Cabbage
- Avocado, Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Peas
- Mangoes, Asparagus, and Kiwis
What do you think about all this organic business?
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