Critics of organic food like to stress that there is no nutritional difference between organic products, and those products produced with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In fact, those critics tend to get a little hot under the collar anytime someone suggests that organic food is nutritionally better.
A couple of recent scientific reports could generate enough under-the-collar heat to contribute to global warming.
An international team of scientists just looked at a range of organic and conventional foods, and found clear evidence that organic fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products have a host of health benefits, including lower levels of toxic metals and pesticide residues, and higher levels of antioxidants. In fact, the researchers said that the levels of antioxidants were “substantially higher” in the organic versions of most foods.
This study comes on the heels of a separate research report by the Rodale Institute which demonstrates that proper organic agriculture practices are best for the health of the soil as well. The Rodale scientists note that proper organic practices effectively trap the harmful greenhouse gasses that are being blamed for the ongoing climate change.
Research reports are important, but what does it mean when we are simply trying to feed our families and make ends meet?
Well, it means that every organic apple we pack in our children’s lunch is one-fourth as likely to contain pesticide residue. And, that carton of organic milk will contain 62% more of the healthy Omega 3 fatty acids that contribute to healthy body growth.
Besides, packing organic food in their lunches today helps assure that they will have a healthy world to enjoy once they graduate from school.