For the good of health: organic or conventional agriculture? – Here it is worthwhile to reach for organic products | message
These are the greatest organic benefits
Buying organic produce is known to have many advantages, according to scientists and environmentalists. This includes the protection of species, the fair treatment of soils and the avoidance of environmental pollution etc. When buying organic products, consumers not only benefit from all of these environmental protection measures, but also experience a few organic advantages when they are consumed:
According to the food producer Sonnentor, organically grown foods do better in sensory studies – that means they taste better. This is due to the fact that they can usually ripen longer, i.e. are harvested later and have a higher dry matter content. The more dry matter in a fruit or vegetable, the less water it contains, which is why it has more aroma. In addition, fruits and vegetables with a high dry matter content often contain more minerals and vitamins, which is why they are healthier than the more watery equivalents from conventional agriculture. Many of the common organic seals also make species-appropriate husbandry a condition for animal products – so there are rarely traces of antibiotics or hormones in organic animal products, as can be the case with conventionally manufactured products. If consumers consume too many animal products such as yoghurt, butter, milk, meat, eggs, etc., they can in extreme cases develop an immunity to certain antibiotics and, in the event of illness, be treated more difficult. This is explained by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on its website.
These products from conventional cultivation are heavily polluted
A major disadvantage of foods from conventional agriculture is the sometimes very high exposure to pesticides and pesticides – i.e. toxins. Some foods are particularly susceptible to large residues of said pesticides and pesticides and it can be worthwhile to purchase organically grown despite a possibly higher price:
According to the WDR, lettuce, spinach and fresh herbs are among these foods – in conventional agriculture they are often grown in greenhouses or plastic tunnels and, because they are close together, are sprayed with poison. According to WDR, lamb’s lettuce is iprodium, while spinach is more likely to contain the heavy metals cadmium or nitrate. According to the news channel, both goods would have contained significantly fewer pollutants in organic quality. 90 percent of the herb samples from conventional agriculture examined by the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) contained residues of aluminum above the European limit value.
Legumes, peppers, bananas and tea should also be bought in organic quality, according to WDR: Among the legumes, green beans from conventional agriculture in particular are often contaminated with glyphosate, while peppers are the vegetables that most frequently exceed the European limit values. In the case of bananas from conventional plantations, on the other hand, the problem is apparently more in the heavily contaminated peel. That’s why you should wash your hands after eating a banana, according to the WDR. In addition, the workers on conventional plantations are often not protected from the pesticides and suffer from the pollutants just like the environment. The listing of tea as a highly contaminated food could come as a surprise: Here, the maximum limit of trimesium is exceeded in many cases of conventional cultivation. In addition, if the tea leaves are harvested mechanically, possibly poisonous weeds cannot be sorted out.
Rule of thumb with exception – organic or regional?
As a rule of thumb, consumers can keep in mind: animal products as well as sensitive fruit and vegetables such as berries, grapes, tomatoes and the like are worthwhile in organic quality. Vegetables that grow underground or have a firm shell, such as eggplants, do not necessarily have to be bought in organic quality – regional alternatives could also be used here for the benefit of the taste.
Because: regional fruits and vegetables often ripen for as long as organic products and accordingly also have similar advantages. Sometimes regional products from conventional cultivation are “fairly organic” – but do not have an organic seal, which could be due to the great effort that is often involved in obtaining such a seal. Consumers can check this out with regional farmers: Do the animals often graze or always in the narrow stalls? What information can be found on the farmer’s website?
Olga Rogler / Forex-news.com.net editors
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