Conventional vs. Organic – The Facts

Most of us are well aware that conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides. But does it really matter? And what exactly are pesticides?
So, let’s break it down…
Pesticides are toxins that have been created to kill, control or repel living organisms, also known as ‘pests’, for example, insects, plants and fungi (E.W.G., 2013).
What does organic mean?
Organic refers to foods that have been grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Here’s a short CNN video with some more insight…

Below we have the Environmental Working Group’s list – the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This list maps out what produces the EWG deem as dirty (containing pesticides) and therefore they feel it’s best to buy the organic options and which produce they deem as clean, so the conventional options are fine.

(The Environmental Working Group is an environmental health research
and advocacy agency based in the United States of America.)
Some organic options…
We all know that organic produce from the local supermarket is generally much more expensive than conventional produce, making it a bit pricey. However, why not find a local organic farmers market? The London Farmers Market site is a great starting point. The farmer’s markets are generally much more affordable than the big supermarkets as you are cutting out the middleman and going straight to the source. Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even grow your own organic veggie patch – the kids will love this idea.
Where do we go from here?
Balancing the increased cost of organic with health benefits can be tricky. We hope these findings may help you choose what’s right for you. In the end, it’s your decision.