Organic Food vs. Conventional Food

19 02 2010

Organic: a food may be classified as organic if it is grown without the use of any toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers. Organic meats and eggs may only come from animals raised on organic foods, and have the ability to roam outdoors.

Are you one of the many people that doesn’t buy organic foods because you’ve heard that there’s really no difference between organic foods and conventional foods? Did you hear this from the media, read it in a magazine, or maybe even hear it from a “health care professional”? Or have you actually done a little bit of research on your own so that you can form your own opinion, and have reasons as to why you have chosen to shop organic, or not? If you base it on what the media tells you, I just want to let you know one of the possibilities of how these “organic vs. conventional food tests” can be done. But first you need to know that there is a difference between “Organic” and “100%/Certified Organic” (and just to be clear, the label will either say “Certified Organic” or “100% Organic”, not both). In order for a farm to be Certified/100% Organic, it has to go through a three year gestation period, and during this time the microorganisms in the soil metabolize the residues from pesticides that were being sprayed there previously. But a farm can call their products “organic” if the farm is in the process of this gestation period; which means that it’s possible for there to still be some pesticide residues, and traces of chemical fertilizers still present in the soil – which also means present in the produce.

So How Does A Magazine Article Say That There’s No Difference Between Organic Foods and Conventional Foods?!

Lets say a research company in Florida is told to compare organic oranges to conventional oranges… so it gets conventional oranges from the local orange grove, and analyzes them. Then they call a store in California, and have them ship some organic oranges to their lab in Florida so that he can analyze them, and then compare the results of the two. Do you see any problems with this “study” yet? If not, let me point out a few things; first, is the fact that they’re analyzing organic oranges, and not CERTIFIED/100% organic (but majority of people don’t know the difference or even that there is a difference), which as I stated above, makes a BIG difference. Secondly, they don’t tell us how long it took for the oranges to get there; how they were handled while being shipped; and what kind of shape they was in when they arrived. And third, and maybe even the biggest problem, is that the company that hired this research company to run this “study”, could be (and most likely was) a company that sells conventionally raised produce… therefore they have something to gain by the outcome/results of the study! Kind of easy to see how (and why) they fool/screw/trick/deceive us into thinking that organic foods are no better for us than conventional foods huh?

What’s So Special About Organic (Certified/100%) Produce?!

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Conventional farming affects the entire ecosystem! Microorganisms literally feed the nutrients from the soil to the roots of the plants. Conventional farms have about 85% less microorganisms in the soil than certified organic farms. There is a 40% increase of bird life on organic farms and fields, and the reason for this is that there are plenty of earthworms in the soil (they are good for the soil), and birds love earthworms. But the earthworms can’t survive on conventional fields because when they eat the soil they’re also eating the chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides that lie within it.

Organic foods help the body heal! In order to get the physiology of the body to come right so it can heal itself, there needs to be an adequate amount of nutrients on board. Most natural cancer treatment centers use organic foods to treat their patients because they have a higher content of secondary nutrients (phyto-nutrients) than conventional foods. Plants can have anywhere from 5,000 – 10,000 secondary nutrients found in them. Organic foods have high levels of a potent group of antioxidants called ‘phenolic compounds’, and these are actually a group of the secondary nutrients. It is shown that phenolic compounds are 10x’s more efficient at cleaning up cancer-causing free radicals in the body than other antioxidants like vitamins C & E. We need to get the foundation principles right, or else there’s no reason to go to the doctor because we aren’t going to get better if we continue to eat foods that are infested with toxins and chemicals! And another problem with some of the studies done on “organic vs. conventional foods” is they only talk about the primary nutrients like fiber, water, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates; but mention nothing about the secondary nutrients.

So What Do These Pesticides Do To Me??

There are different types of pesticides; some are designed to attack the nervous system of an insect, some are designed to attack the hormonal system, and some are designed with estrogenic chemicals that result in the insects not being able to reproduce… and now you get doses of these if you aren’t choosing certified organic produce! But for those of you that have heard that we are getting “safe doses” because the doses are “only in parts per million” (yet have no idea what that means, and you just trust that the government and food manufacturers are interested in your health and well-being, and not just your money! HAAA) Well it is true that the body can attack these chemicals when in the parts per million doses, but that’s if the person is healthy and has an adequate level of nutrition in their body… which very few people do. There is also some fairly new research that shows when these chemicals enter our body in “parts per TRILLION” doses that they are stealth, and go unseen by our immune system. And now they are able to attack the body at will, and they enter into our cells and damage the DNA inside. Another thing you might not know is that the FDA allows the pesticide companies to do their own research on their products, showing us how “safe” they are for us, and also in what levels.

Things to Keep in Mind

“Plants can only be as healthy as the soil they grow in, animals can only be as healthy as the plants they eat, and humans can only be as healthy as the plants and animals they eat”

Organic farming represents the Wheel of Life! Conventional farming represents the Wheel of Death! Soils are damaged by toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which kill off the microorganisms, and leads to damaged, nutrient-deficient plants. So now we have sick/drugged animals, eating sick/poisoned plants under inhuman conditions. This results in humans eating sick/poisoned plants, and sick/drugged animals, which cause us to have increased diseases, loss of vitality, increased visits to medical doctors, and increased consumption of prescription drugs (to “help” with the side effects of what we’re eating).

CHEK POINTS (as from Paul Chek’s audio series, “You Are What You Eat“)

Always make certified organic whole foods the focus of your diet. It may cost a little more, but it is well worth it in terms of quality and the long-term benefits to your body.

Choose free-range, grass-fed organic meats. Your local soil association or farmer’s association will be able to help you locate good suppliers of meat.

Support your local organic or biodynamic farmers by buying their produce.

Be cautious about purchasing packaged or processed foods that are labeled “Organic.” These may contain as much as 50% non-organic ingredients, and may include any number of toxic chemicals, additives, preservatives and colorings. Look for labels that say “100% Organic” or “Certified Organic.”

Don’t wait until you are sick before making the switch to organic foods. Look after your body by eating the best quality foods possible, and your body will look after you.

Look carefully at the funding and validity of research studies. Ask yourself who benefits from the study or is it conducted by impartial parties.

And if there’s still some confusion (for some ODD reason!), here’s some pic’s and vid’s that might help clear that up…

Organic, Free Range Cows

Conventionally Raised Cows

Organic, Free Range Chickens

Conventionally Raised Chickens

Wild Salmon

Farm Raised Salmon

Yum!? ... Can I have a bite when you're done spraying those?

Organic, Free Range Cows

Conventionally Raised Cows

Conventionally Raised Chickens


Benefits of eating organic foods Article Article

Some more organic research: here, here, here and here.

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9 responses

19 02 2010
Diane Sanfilippo

This is a great post. It’s really sad how we’re so conditioned to believe media information. We’re led to believe that they deliver good, factual reports. The reality is that there are often so many missing pieces to those stories!

Thanks for sharing your insights!

Diane Sanfilippo
Owner, Balanced Bites Holistic Nutrition & Wellness
C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Holistic Nutrition Educator student @ Bauman College, Berkeley, CA

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24 02 2011

I found this blog to be very helpful! I am currently writing a paper on the health benefits of organic food products versus those of their conventionally raised counterparts for my college english class, this blog has a ton of information I can use to make my argument stronger. Thanks so much!

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i am not saying that i am against organic food, its just that if you want to solve big problems like feed the world, organic food is a joke, its just not cost effective, it uses too much resources like water, land, fuel and time. conventional farming is bad but its cheaper and required less to produce. it is in technology that we must put our faith in that is regrettably genetically modified food…. if you really are interested then read my academically referenced work on —

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Carrie Raab

Thank you so much for speaking truth and not only informing but also educating your readers. I agree with you 100%. I have the same passion as you and my desire is more people will start to truly care about how they feed their bodies. Bless you!

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