The Great Debate: Organic Food vs Non-Organic Food

Organic Food vs Non-Organic Food

Official Guidelines for Organic Food Designation

The Case for Eating Organic Food

  • Reduced levels of pesticides and chemicals
  • Better food quality
  • Better taste
  • Increased nutrition
  • Human health benefits
  • Less antibiotics used in food
  • Less animal abuse
  • Lowers water and soil pollution during production
  • Lower prevalence of genetically modified foods (GMOs)
  • Environmentally responsible production and cleaner conscience
  • Less use of hormones

The Argument Made Against Paying Extra for Organic Food

  • Limited shelf life
  • Higher prices
  • Confusing labels and differences in organic labeling
  • Limited choices available
  • Unrealistic strategy for feeding billions of people
  • Promotes poverty
  • Inconsistent controls on organic food production
  • Organic food production is labor-intensive
  • Food quality is inconsistent
  • Public acceptance varies widely

How to Save Money on Organic Food Purchases

1. Focus on a mix of organic and non-organic foods based on perceived risk.

2. Follow EWG guidelines and buy organically grown foods on the published Dirty list.

  • spinach
  • kale, collards, mustard greens
  • apples
  • strawberries
  • pears
  • bell peppers
  • hot peppers
  • grapes
  • cherries
  • peaches
  • tomatoes
  • celery
  • nectarines

3. Try comparison shopping to get better prices.

4. Consider shopping online for organic food.

5. Use coupons when possible.

6. Buy generic organic food.




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