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Why Our Organic Food Is Still Covered In Pesticides

When roaming through the produce section of your favorite grocery store, there’s usually a dedicated section to organic food, giving you a healthier alternative that will dig into your pockets a bit more.

The belief that organic food doesn’t use pesticides, heck, even the belief that all organic products are 100 percent organic, is false, according to ASAP Science.

While organic crops aren’t grown using “synthetic,” or manmade pesticides, they can still be grown using “natural” pesticides, by USDA standards. According to ASAP, there are over 20 chemicals that are approved for use in organic foods.

Now, the part that will forever be debated, but ASAP claims as gospel, is that natural pesticides might actually be more harmful than the synthetic ones.

Even some of the organic labeling can be misleading, as only products must be clearly labeled as “100 percent” organic, otherwise, the product is only partially organic.

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If a product is labeled simply as “organic” it only has to be 95 percent organic. If the product reads, “made with organic ingredients,” in only needs to be 75 percent organic. If something reads, “containing organic ingredients,” it only needs to be 50 percent organic.

So if you’re worried about the organic food you’re eating, looking for the “100 percent” products are your best bet.

Check out ASAP Science’s complete organic food wrapup below, and maybe keep it in mind next time you’re at Kroger, trying to get the freshest broccoli.

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Scientists Have Discovered the Distressing Difference Between Organic and Conventional Foods

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Just how beneficial is eating organic food for you compared to conventional foodA new study reviewing 343 scientific cases of eating organic foods now gives us the most definitive answer.

The conventional skeptic believes that the only difference between organic and conventional foods, other than the price tag, are the legal amounts of pesticides you can use in order to maintain the label “organic.”

It may come as a surprise to some, but eating organic foods, vegetables specifically, is indeed much healthier than eating “non-organic,” but the difference is actually more significant than most realize.

Here are the highlights from the study:

  • The most important difference between organic and conventional is the higher amount of antioxidants, about 20 to 40 percent more, in organic foods, which help the body combat certain diseases and cancers.
  • According to the article, the price per serving difference between organic and conventional foods isn’t that different. True, it is more expensive to buy organic, but because of the higher amounts of nutrients, you can get away with buying less servings for the same nutritional value.
  • While we know that organic also means less pesticides, we may not know exactly how damaging pesticides are for us, especially for men when it comes to sperm quality. Organic foods contain 10 to even 100 times less levels of pesticides than conventional foods.
  • Researchers also found that organic foods contain lower levels of cadmium (found in cigarette smoke) and nitrogen, both of which are harmful to the human body. It is speculated that pesticides in conventional foods increases the uptake of heavy metals in crops.

So if this research doesn’t convince you to eat organic, perhaps the added study that proves eating organic is better for the environment will. It’s time you enjoy happy eating and good health.

Source: The Mind Unleashed || Originally written by Max Chang for NextShark

 

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Walmart to Sell Budget Friendly Organic Food

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Walmart is set to join the organic food race with their own line of affordable products. The retail giant has teamed up with equally impressive organic superpower Wild Oats to create a new line of pantry items that have already begun to hit store shelves.

Walmart’s executive vice-president of grocery, Jack Sinclair, explains that Walmart is “removing the premium associated with organic groceries”. Considering how much more expensive organic items are in comparison to your run of the mill groceries it’s surprising that Walmart didn’t put their hat into this race sooner.

In a comparison of national brands versus Walmart’s Wild Oats products the price differences were pretty substantial. Some Wild Oats products clocked in at over 50 percent less expensive than the more popular brands, for example: Wild Oats 6-ounce can of tomato paste runs $.58 while the national brand retails at $.98. Overall Walmart says Wild Oats prices will be “more than 25% lower than nationally branded items”

The affordability factor of these usually high ticket groceries could very well inspire more consumers to eat healthier due to the budget friendly prices. Roll out of the new organic goods will be select as Walmart will only offer Wild Oats products to half of its 4,000 locations, but according to Walmart’s website Wild Oats products will be available to purchase online later this summer.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist