Is organic food worth the higher price? | The Tylt
Is organic food worth the higher price?
Who wants to eat pesticides? We've all seen those creepy photos of factory farm workers in hazmat gear. Many say our food, water, and air are already polluted enough without adding toxin-laden food to the mix. Sure, organic food is expensive—but then again, so is chemotherapy. Can you really put a price on your health? And while findings are not unanimous, there are plenty of studies that show organic food is better for you:
A 2012 meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine comparing organic and conventional foods, for example, found that exposure to pesticide residue was more than five times higher in conventional produce. A 2014 study found that organic foods had significantly lower levels of toxic metals compared to conventional alternatives, and “substantially higher” levels of antioxidants.
Carl Winter, Ph.D., a food toxicologist at the University of California, Davis, agreed that there is not enough proof to say organics are healthier. “The burden to actually determine that is extremely high,” he said. “I’d be really surprised if at the levels we’re consuming, you’re going to be able to find a health benefit or any deleterious effects.”
We all know the stereotype of the high-maintenance Whole Foods shopper who would sooner die than let any conventional food pass her lips. But many shoppers go organic not just for their own health—but to support local farms, contribute to more humane environments for farm animals and workers, and decrease the amount of pesticides in our soil and groundwater. Northwestern MD Carol A. Rosenberg commented:
People start off choosing organic food to protect their family’s health, Rosenberg said. But “a growing number of people are willing to pay for organic for other reasons – to support the environmental ethic and more humane animal husbandry.”