Organic Food

Does eating organic food even matter or is it just a fad? Organic food is food grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionising radiation. Animals are not fed antibiotics or growth hormones. It would be fairly obvious that not eating foods that contain artificial ingredients would be safer but the truth may not be that simple. Since your food can get contaminated by so many factors, its extremely hard to empirically evidence the cause. Which means that your belief that organic is better for you may simply be untrue. In the life of the food from farm to your table, it gets exposed to multiple touch points including finally your own hands,  which can result in contamination. While I have read many articles on the benefits of organic, I have not seen, till now anything that definitively makes the case that organic is better. Given that organic food is usually more expensive, it is also a matter of what you put in your food basket given how much you spent. The total nutrition value of your food may be more important to evaluate instead of the contamination.

The Environmental Working Group puts out a list of foods that tend to retain more pesticides called the dirty dozen which are peaches, strawberries, nectarines, apples, spinach, celery, pears, sweet bell peppers, cherries, potatoes, lettuce, and imported grapes. You may wish to buy organic while purchasing these for your dinner table.