I don't believe BigPurseSue's point above, if I understood correctly, was that peeling skin off potatoes and carrots prevents ingestion of chemicals. I believe she was saying that for veggies like that, buying organic is better since chemicals can seep into those foods much more readily than, say, bananas.i havent posted on this forum before but was interested in this topic...
I try to eat organic foods wherever possible, and have worked in an independent organic food shop. I am not a scientist and cant tell you whether organic food has more nutrients than non-organic... but common sense tells me that it does.
For one thing, non-organic fruits and vegetables are pumped full of water and other things to make them appear big and shiny - organic produce is inherently smaller and contains more concentrated nutrients. As for the pesticides used on non-organic produce, they not only affect the skin of the fruit/vegetable as mentioned previously. It is naive to think that simply removing the skin will prevent you from ingesting the multitude of harmful chemicals that are used in the mass production of fruits and vegetables.
All in all, every chemical that goes into the production of non-organic produce becomes a toxin inside your body. Eat organic.. its better for you and the environment!
I eat certain organic fruits and veggies and definately dairy...not because they have more nutrients, but because of the pesticides, hormones and antibiotics that are used on non organic farms. I am lucky to live in an area where fresh fruits and veggies are available year round.
Actually most foods have not been genetically modified at least not here in the US except soybeans, corn ect... Lots of packaged food contain ingredients that have tho and so does the feed for cattle and poultry which is why we eat organic which is not. We do not eat packaged foods like crackers, chips, cereals or any boxed mixes unless they are organic.Frozen fruit and veg is proven to maintain more antioxidants/vitamins etc since they start to become less powerful as soon as the food is harvested.
At least in the UK, food can still be labelled as organic if it has under a certain level of pesticides/additives. It's worth accepting the fact that almost ALL of the food we eat has been genetically modified (GM foods) at some point in order to increase yield, decrease pests, but this has all been done for our safety and to provide good value for money.
I think you're referring to genetic engineering, where genes are isolated and selected in a lab in order to increase desired traits - the genes are scientifically engineered to be a certain way. Genetic modification refers also to practices like selective breeding, which have been going on for hundreds of years, and modifies the genetic information of the species by selectively breeding out traits.Actually most foods have not been genetically modified at least not here in the US except soybeans, corn ect... Lots of packaged food contain ingredients that have tho and so does the feed for cattle and poultry which is why we eat organic which is not. We do not eat packaged foods like crackers, chips, cereals or any boxed mixes unless they are organic.