Is organic really better for you?
The US Department of Agriculture describes organic
foods as those "produced without most conventional pesticides, synthetic
fertilizers, genetic engineering, or irradiation" by "environmentally aware
farmers who emphasize renewable resources and conserving soil and
Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products are further defined as those
that "come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones." But
is it really "better"? More often than not it's more about conscience than
What does play a factor is proximity. Many chefs buy from local markets
because they know the products are fresher. "Organic" products may cost two to
four times as much as local items, and not be a fresh. However, may agree that
buying local is not always possible, the next best option is organic.
At the end of the day, whether organic is worth the extra money and effort
may depend more on each person's values, beliefs and budget than any objective
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