That is right, studies are continuing to come out that prove this over and over.
In his article over at The Ecologist, “Organic food is well worth paying for – for your health as well as nature,” Peter Melchett shares new studies done in the British Journal of Nutrition that prove how worth it good food really is. Let’s explore some of the findings that Melchett and the authors of the studies found.
It’s Still Pricey
Prices still comes into play and in studies that came out 10 and 15 years ago this was a valid concern since they did not show much difference between Organic and conventionally farmed plants and animals. Now that real research is being done and certain studies are not being thrown out we can see the real benefits. The author of this study cites the true nutritional excellence of the Organic plant and animal products that really do have increased levels of key nutrients vital for health. The fruits and veggies also have increased antioxidants as well as few if any heavy metal toxins. Also, keep in mind that illness, cancer and any disease are pretty darn pricey too.
My Favorite Quote
“…quality of food we produce is directly affected by how we choose to grow crops and raise farm animals.” If this is not screaming out to you then I don’t know what else to tell you. All living beings, whether animal or plant, should be treated with respect! By giving them quality lives and helping them, they will be able to return that favor and give our bodies the highest levels of nutrition possible so that we may continue to flourish.
Clover and Grass Grazing is Superior
I still love when somebody says “my cows are on grass.” Yeah, I knew a lot of people in college on grass too, but a little different. Either way, both cows and people are happy with it and in the case of cows and sheep that get to eat it, they produce more nutritionally dense dairy products as well as cleaner quality meats. The positive environmental impacts on helping eliminate greenhouse gas emissions is also important to note with grass fed animals.
What About Human Health
The author clearly cites the nutritional differences between Organic and conventionally raised foods, but seems to still be a little on the fence as to the impact on human health. He does show some promising research, but I must go all in on this one. Something that is nutritionally better for us should have a positive impact not only on our body, but our mind and spirit as well. Some would argue that these are harder to study, however it seems pretty obvious to me the differences seen in people’s health when they go for the higher quality foods. I’m sure that as time goes on human health will be shown to be impacted positively by higher quality foods, but I wouldn’t wait for those studies. I suggest you do the same and eat the best you can today.
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Higher PUFA and n-3 PUFA, conjugated linoleic acid, α-tocopherol and iron, but lower iodine and selenium concentrations in organic milk: a systematic literature review and meta- and redundancy analyses