- Nathan Myhrvold born (1959)
Pros of Going Organic
Today on The Daily Meal
Recipe of the day
- Which Pain Relievers Can You Take with Alcohol?
- New Study Suggests Extreme Picky Eating May Be Connected to Emotional Issues
- Why We Should All Eat Watermelon Before It's Too Late
- Valley Isle Excursions Provides a Luxurious, Leisurely Journey to Hana on Maui
- Is This the Craziest Thing Someone Has Done for Free Food?
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]
The Daily Byte is a regular column dedicated to covering interesting food news and trends across the country. Click here for previous columns.
Be a Part of the Conversation
Join the Daily Meal's Community and Share your Thoughts