It is almost impossible to
have missed the Organic frenzy. Every store now has an Organic produce section in every country. I visit grocery stores just like I visit museums everywhere and I can attest that the Organic movement has arrived almost everywhere.
When I am in the USA or in Canada or in Italy, I see the same interest from consumers into Organics. But many clients tell me their Doctor has told them that it is not worth buying them. Really? In my professional and scientific opinion, I do not concur.
Numerous studies have shown how different and less dense is the chemical composition of produce when sprayed with pesticides, not to mention the undesired residues of the chemicals on the produce itself. Numerous studies have shown this, so many that it is a task to list them all.
Many people counteract with the Organic movement stating that lots of produce companies now offer conventional produce right on the side of the organic field and with the rain, the soil with pesticides leak into the organic field and taints it. Of course this is not great and of course the pollution in the sky rains on the all organic field too. But if you analyze that piece of produce, you will see that it is far better than its neighbor in the conventional field. First of all the pesticide penetrates deeply in much of the produce and does not leave the produce, creating unwanted effects like hormonal disruption in our body. Secondly, it does not let the produce absorb as many nutrients from the soil as it should.
Yes the leaked field will leach into the organic field but it still be better because it got diluted, dispersed while arriving to the plants.
Make an experiment for yourself and buy two lettuce heads: one organic and one conventional. Leave both in the fridge for a few days and watch what happens and how the two wilt differently. The organic one wilts in a couple of days, while the conventional one is crispy and upright like a palm tree in your fridge for days on end! That seems beautiful but it is however scary and it should scare you.
Organics are not often affordable but they are an economical form of cultivation for the longterm of the planet, because they do not pollute, besides being healthier for us. Organic produce do not feed the pockets of the dangerous food corporations that relentlessly poison our food supply and dis-harm the farmers of clean seeds.Their cost is due to the reduced capacity that a field will yield, since yes, we are not using pesticides and therefore produce less. But I would rather have an organic head of lettuce that wilts in a few days than a " pumped up" one that stays upright like a tree for much longer, because I fear what its components will do inside me.
Not all produce absorbs the same amount of pesticides and not all therefore should be purchased organic. To really be savvy consumers, EWG.org, a non-biased, impartial consumer advocacy website based in Oakland California, has put together a list of vegetables/fruit in order of how much they absorb pesticides. The first listed are the ones that absorb the most and as the numbers become greater and the list continues, pesticide absorption decreases in the produce depicted. In other words, the first few 12 are the ones that advisably should be purchased Organic and the others could be purchased conventional, in order of decreased pesticide absorption. But it is consumer discretion to choose how and what to purchase by seeing the data directly.
Please note the small font comment at the bottom, detailing how summer squash, corn and papaya is often GMO ( Genetically modified) in the USA and it is therefore advisable to purchase it organic, even if by scientific standards shown in the list, it does not absorb much pesticide.
In conclusion, I suggest we take a look at what we purchase and make certain discerning choices about Organics. They might be the Cartier items in the produce areas but some of them are pricey because of valid reasons.