Organic produce is arguably tastier than regular produce, but is it worth shelling out the extra bucks? National Geographic has come up with four solid reasons to buy organic.
1. Organic produce has fewer pesticides. "U.S. standards for certifying organic produce and meats prohibit the use of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides," which means you have fewer chemicals roaming around your digestive system.
2. Organic produce is arguably more nutritious. The American Council of Science and Health disputes this claim, but other studies have confirmed an increase in nutritional value. Take this with a grain of salt.
3. Buying organic supports environmental sustainability. No pesticides means less contamination of water and soil.
4. Organic meat comes from happy cows, maybe. "The animals used for organic meats often have better treatment."
Still, the debate rages on as commenters on Digg point out that organic produce does involve pesticides, and that organic laws only stipulate that animals cannot be kept in cramped quarters. [National Geographic]
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