Organic vs. Conventional Farming (nourishing vs. slow poisoning)
Too much of our food supply, water supply and environment is toxic and becoming more toxic as we sit back and wonder about the differences between conventional and organic farming.
If you ever find yourself standing in the market with an organic apple in one hand and a conventionally grown apple in the other, wondering which to buy and what the difference really is ~ know that the net effect respectively is ~ nourishing or slow poisoning.
Strict government standards regulate how organic foods are grown, handled and processed. Organic farming practices encourage soil and water conservation and reduces pollution. Organic farmers use crop rotations and spread mulch, composte or manure to maintain fields. Ranchers raise livestock outdoors, use organic feed, balanced diets and clean housing to promote health and minimize disease.
Conventional, also known as agri-farming or chemical farming, in the United States uses billions of pounds of chemicals each year to control pests and weeds. Pesticides and herbicides, anitbiotics, growth hormones and other medications are used on produce and livestock, contaminating the food, the land and water supply.
A new study published in September 2010, led by Washington State University on Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems is one of the only in depth, comprehensive studies comparing the two and whether organic really matters. The two year study included 13 conventional and 13 organic fields ~ the results were very convincing: organic strawberries are healthier, tastier and better for the soil than conventional strawberries.
At the end of the day...while you stand wondering with nourishing food in one hand and slow poisoning food in the other, it is an important choice you make. Know what you are eating. There are foods that we definitely should be buying organically grown which have been posted here (look in our search.)
In the meantime, click here for another reason why you really must buy organic strawberries, particularly if they are grown in California.
Click here for Organic Strawberry Recipes