Pesticides in Organic and Conventional Farming

This article is going to break down some common misconceptions about pesticides and farming.

Hopefully, you can use this knowledge next time you decide between that expensive organic lettuce or the standard type in your grocery store.

  1. Organic Farms Don’t Use Pesticides

Actually, they do and a lot of science shows they use a ton of them.

US Organic Standards allow for over 20 different chemicals and, surprisingly, doesn’t ask farmers to record how much they use.

Considering that so many organic pesticides need to be used more frequently due to their lowered potency, that’s a major concern.

Organic Farms Don’t Use PesticidesThe key to something being organic isn’t with the pesticide self, it’s what those pesticides are made of.

Organic pesticides are sourced from natural sources, while conventional pesticides are synthetic.

While many think the natural pesticides would be better for you, science suggests otherwise.

Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s always better for you.

  1. Organic Food is Healthier

Organic Food is HealthierWhile the idea that not ingesting synthetic chemicals or GMO‘s is better for you might seem right on the surface, science seems to struggle to back up that feeling.

A relatively recent comparison of contents revealed no evidence of differences between conventional and organic foods.

Over 15 different nutrients were practically identical. There were some differences, mainly in nitrogen, phosphorus and acidity levels, but that doesn’t make a difference in nutritional value of the food.

The same goes for organic meats like chicken, beef, lamb or turkey. There is no advantage in cleaner or healthier meat. Organic chicken breast and conventional farm chicken is exactly the same.

There is no key difference is when it comes to food we eat whether it’s organic or conventionally farmed.

Whether your buying and eating organic or not, you’re basically getting the same thing either way.

The only key difference between organic and non-organic foods is the price tag at the grocery store.

  1. Organic Farming is Better for the Earth

While many think that eating organic is doing their part in cleaning up the earth, the facts suggest otherwise.

While organic farming does cut down on synthetic pesticides, organic farms are by no means a chemical free alternative. On top of that, organic farming’s avid anti-GMO stance doesn’t help their case.

Organic Farming is Better for the EarthGMO’s allow for higher crop yields, increased nutritional value and can be designed to prosper without much pesticide use.

Science has provided virus-resistant potatoes, antioxidant-rich tomatoes and high calcium carrots, just to name a few. The potential is endless.

The massive resistance to anything GMO results in more spraying of pesticides that run into the water, contaminate the soil and inevitably get into your food.

By not using the most advanced science we have to help our food prosper, we’re not getting the best out of our crops. With major issues like world hunger and famine still present, shouldn’t we be looking at every possible relief?

If you’re so determined to protect the environment when I use the most advanced science we have to help?