Should You Buy Organic? (List25 Deathmatch)

It’s a wonder we’re able to get up everyday and make adult decisions with all the contradicting information out there. GMO’s are bad; GMO’s are fine; eating eggs increases your cholesterol; eating eggs is good for you; buy only organic; organic food is overrated and over priced. It’s enough to make any of us want to scream. Sadly, the “expert opinions” often contradict each other, too. One scientist says one thing and the next one says another. While we here at List25 don’t have any expert scientists on staff, we do have amazing researching capabilities. Today, Jason and Crystal sound off on whether or not you should buy organic. Welcome to this week’s Deathmatch: Should you buy organic?

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Yes: It's better for the environment

clean and dirty environmentSource: http://www.superlife.com/whybuyorganic/, http://www.foodwise.com.au/organic/

Organic farming isn’t just better for humans and animals, it’s also better for the environment.  Soil carbon levels and overall soil quality are higher, and it’s also worth mentioning that organic farming reduces the amount of chemical runoff in our coastal water ways and drinking water. – CC

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No: It's not better for the environment

farm landSource: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/httpblogsscientificamericancomscience-sushi20110718mythbusting-101-organic-farming-conventional-agriculture/

The amount of land used for agriculture has greatly upset the Earth’s ecosystem. Organic farms can’t meet the same level of production as conventional farms, meaning if organic farms grow, they’ll need a lot more land. This could mean farmers destroying even more ecological systems to farm which would be environmentally devastating. – JI


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Yes: It can reduce your risk of cancer

cancer cell1Source: http://www.foodwise.com.au/organic/

Organic produce has 1/3 more cancer fighting antioxidants than conventionally grown produce. That may not sound like much, but when you’re aiming for a healthier lifestyle, the little things add up. – CC

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Yes: It's better for animals

happy cowsSource: http://www.organicitsworthit.org/get/10-reasons-buy-organic-0

That “organic” sticker on your produce and meat takes more than you think to get. There are a lot of regulations and fees involved with being able to be “certified” organic (part of the reason it sometimes costs more). When it comes to organic livestock, those requirements include organic feed and time in open pasture, along with safer and cleaner environments. So whether you eat animals or not, we should all be able to agree that happy and humanely treated animals is something to strive for. – CC


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Yes: It might not be as expensive as you think

empty pockets1Source: http://www.organicitsworthit.org/get/10-reasons-buy-organic-0

Remember how I mentioned that the USDA Certified Organic sticker was really pricy for famers to obtain? It’s part of the reason that when you hit up your local grocery store, you’ll find organic veggies for double or triple the conventionally grown price. However, while it’s still worth price checking seasonal veggies, you can also check out local farmers’ markets or CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture). By shopping local, you not only support your community, you also get organic produce, meat, and eggs at a much more reasonable price. Many CSA’s will even drop off bags full of delicious in-season fruits and veggies right to your door for a monthly rate. Is it worth $5 for 1 tomato at the supermarket? No. Is it worth $150-$200 a month to get local fresh, organic produce delivered to your door every week? Yes. Is it a fun educational experience to take your kids to the local farmers market on Saturday? Absolutely. – CC



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