Does Eating Organic Really Matter?

Guest post by:  ANGELICA MARTINS 

Eating organic food has gained a lot of attention in recent years. What was once just a small subsection of our food supply has grown into a multi-million dollar business that offers a product most consumers just can’t seem to get enough of. Organic food is everywhere, and most people are willing to pay the extra bit of cash that comes with the price tag of most organic products.

The general idea is that eating organic food is a lot better for you than eating non-organic food. Is this true? Does eating organic really matter? Yes, for the most part this is true. Eating organic food is better for your health. As for if it matters or not, well that all depends on what you’re eating and what you want to put in your body.

What Makes Food Organic

Knowing what makes food organic will help you decide if it really matters or not to you. The Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) defines “organic” in the following way. It states that any fruit or vegetable that is labeled and sold as organic must be grown without using fertilizers or pesticides that are made with synthetic ingredients. They cannot undergo irradiation or oxidation treatments. Fertilizer must be completely natural (Miracle Grow is not natural), and seeds and clones must be free from chemicals.

Dairy and other animal products that are labeled and sold as organic cannot be given any antibiotics or growth hormones and can only be fed with organic feed. There are no medications given aside from vaccinations.

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