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Picture yourself in a grocery store with an apple in each hand; both feel the same, look alike, and provide the same nutritional value. The only differences are, one is certified organic and a bit more expensive and the other is conventionally grown and slightly less expensive. So which is the better choice? Here is a comparison of what I’ve found on a recent trip to Cold Storage.

Organic Normal
2 Corn $9.90 $1.20
2 Cucumber $11.00 $1.20
4 Tomatoes $12.00 $0.80
3 Broccoli $9.90 $1.80
2 Litres of Milk $16.50 $5.25
Sweet Potatoes $18.00 $0.80
Total $77.30 $11.05

Anyways price aside, some food for thought. Organic food refers to food items that are produced, processed and packaged without using chemicals. Organic food is increasingly becoming popular due to its perceived health benefits over conventional food. Choosing to buy organic as a healthier alternative has been a long and heavily researched debate. Many would argue that organic is the better choice because farmers are under stricter standards of purity, however skeptics say there is no scientific research that proves organic is healthier or safer.

Furthermore organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of pesticides. The average conventionally-grown apple has 20-30 potentially toxic chemicals on its skin, even after rinsing. *gasp* for the past 20 years or so, I’ve been having almost 2 apples a day! Fresh organic produce contains on average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro-nutrients than intensively farmed produce. Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically modified food. Has anyone tasted organic produce? They taste so much better! Fruit and vegetables full of juice and flavor, and so many different varieties to try!

Would you choose the certified organic apple or conventionally grown apple? Oh I forgot to mention, how about organic cereal that costs $18 that is meant for only 2 servings? I think I will be broke if I’m an organic eater.

Happy Laboring Day folks! *health conscious people please work your ass off to get some organic produce* I doubt anybody can keep up with that kind of expenditure unless you own an organic farm (^_^) Nevertheless, I’ll give it a try!

For now I shall have my favourite homemade yogurt with Blackberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries!


Written by cherielee

Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

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