The Health Benefits of Producing and Eating Organic Foods

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What are organic foods? Organic foods are grown without any preservatives, pesticides, chemicals, drugs, and hormones. Organic foods are grown or raised with a method that differs from industrial food. Recently, the organic market has been booming because of the many benefits studies have shown for organic foods, in which it has a better nutritional value than non-organic and is better for the earth. The harmful toxics that derive with non-organic foods have been shown in studies to affect individual’s health and the environment. Therefore, consuming organic foods and using organic agriculture methods should be the direction to go in order to improve one’s health and sustain the environment. Today, many people tend to go to the doctor for an examination and come out with the result that they are vitamin and/or mineral deficient, or have been diagnosed with cancer. In recent studies, organic whole fruits and vegetables have been shown to contain more nutrition and cancer fighting compounds than the conventional type. Scientist at Newcastle University researched organic fruits and vegetables and found the organic group, grown without out pesticides and harmful chemicals, to be “more nutritious” (Chang). As well, a group of researchers from Stanford University stated that organic produce contained more "phenols", which are "plant-defense molecules that in people help shield against cancer and heart disease” (Chang). Thus, showing that eating organic is beneficial for the body because of the extra vitamins and minerals, and the increased amount of cancer fighting molecules that that aids in preventing cancer and diseases. In addition, organic meat is another food that aids society and the environment. Organic meat is livestock that ... ... middle of paper ... ...Times, 15 Oct. 2012. Web. 11 Apr. 2014. Flower, Frances. "Organic Meat: What Does Organic Really Mean?" Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market IP. L.P., 06 Sept. 2012. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. Hamerschlag, Kari. "Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change + Health." Foodtank. Environmental Working Group, July 2011. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. Jakuboski, Samantha. "The Dangers of Pesticides." Nature.com. Nature Publishing Group, 25 July 2011. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. Lefroy, Nichola, and Marj Lefroy. "Top 10 Reasons Not to Go Organic – and Why to Ignore Them All." Alive Well. Alive & Well, 10 Dec. 2010. Web. 11 Apr. 2014. "Omega-3 Fatty Acids Facts." WebMD. WebMD, 29 Mar. 2013. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. "Organic Farms Support More Species." News RSS. OxWeb, 04 Feb. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. "Why Is Biodiversity Important?" Why Is Biodiversity Important? Carbon Neutral, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.

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