Just four generations ago, most of the world’s population consumed only organic food. Massive
population growth and cost factors have led to a drastically different situation today. Even when
purchasing seemingly ‘natural’ produce, you could be consuming genetically modified organisms
(GMOs) and contaminants from a range of antibiotics, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
While our diets have changed significantly, our physiology has not. Organic produce remains the ideal
food source, and there are several good reasons why you should eat more of it, even if you don’t adopt
a fully organic lifestyle.
Here are the most convincing reasons why you should incorporate more organic food into your diet
Organic Foods Taste Better
If you’ve talked to anyone that adheres to a fully-organic diet, you’ve probably heard that organic foods
are more flavorful. While this may be hard to appreciate before you make changes in your own diet, the
difference is quite real and will be noticeable if you start preparing meals using high quality organic
The exact reason for this is unknown, and more research would be welcome in the area. The main
underlying theory is that because organic produce has more time to grow, it is better able to absorb
nutrients from soil and water.
Non-organic crops are treated with a range of pesticides and herbicides to promote the fastest possible
growth. Genetically modified crops are also designed to grow larger yields. Taste is not necessarily a key concern.
Think in terms of slow cooking. A hearty stew that is slow cooked over many hours will take on flavor
characteristics that wouldn’t be present through standard cooking methods. A similar thing happens
with organic food. The produce is more mature and can provide a stronger and more pleasant flavor
You’ll Get Better Nutrition from Organic Food
GMO crops are often said to have better nutrition profiles, because the produce has been designer-
made for human needs. Real scientific studies, like this one, actually contradict this assertion.
Organically grown crops have higher levels of flavonoids. These are special antioxidants that have anti-
cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-allergic effects. Increased consumption of flavonoids can
reduce the risk of heart disease and reduce the severity of inflammation-related conditions like arthritis
and gout. These compounds may even alleviate respiratory conditions like asthma and hay fever.
Non-GMO organic produce is also typically higher in trace vitamins and minerals, while having fewer
heavy metals like cadmium.
Health and wellbeing should never be taken for granted. Consuming more organic produce could reduce
your exposure to dangerous trace elements while increasing beneficial compounds that could protect
your health now and in the future.
Organic Food is Non-GMO
GMOs span the range of produce, most of which you probably consume on a regular basis. Modified
produce is unlabeled in the United States, so the only way to know if you’re consuming non-GMO
products is to look for certifications like the USDA Organic label.
You probably even have some GMO food in your home today. Some of the most common examples
Canola and Rapeseed
Farm Raised Salmon
Food is genetically modified to change flavor characteristics, increase crop yields, protect against pests,
and increase the economic viability of certain crops. However, there is a downside to altering what
nature has given us.
Organic toxins found in GMO crops (particularly corn) has been shown to hasten cell death in humans.
When combined with the pesticides that are often used, these toxins can lead to digestive problems,
such as perforation of the digestive lining.
Non-Organic Produce Can Contain Traces of Dangerous Nerve Agents
Organophosphates are nerve agents that are used in industrial herbicides and pesticides. The
compounds were first isolated in the early 19th century before being produced in large quantities and
weaponized as nerve gasses in World War I and II.
Organophosphates can lead to poisoning with symptoms that include increased saliva production,
vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, and confusion. Even in trace quantities found on foods,
organophosphates could be dangerous. New research suggests that the consumption of contaminated
food (i.e. non-organic) could increase the risk of developing cancer.
Organic Foods are better for the Environment
Naturally grown food provides benefits that go far beyond your own health. There’s no secret that
organic farming is more time and labor intensive. This is what makes organic food choices more expensive than their GMO counterparts. The highly involved farming methods don’t just result in better produce, they can also help to protect soil and the environment.
Organic farmers use methods like companion planting and crop rotation to ensure that they get the best
possible yields from their lands. In place of synthetic fertilizers, organic farmers use compost and animal
fertilizer to give their crops a nutritional boost. Manufactured pesticides and herbicides are avoided in
favor of natural solutions.
This keeps damaging toxins and other contaminants off the food that ends up on your table. It also
reduce the strain on our rivers and lakes, because runoff from organic farms is less damaging to the
environment. Organic farming methods can also protect the soil, resulting in arable land that is
guaranteed for generations.
Even Organic Meat Provides Advantages
When you think of organic food, you likely think of produce like vegetables and fruits. Often overlooked
is the benefit of consuming more organic meat.
Most who consume organic meat believe it to be more flavorful, just like organic fruits and vegetables.
However, the true benefit is found in the fatty acid profile. There’s no discernable difference in
saturated fat when comparing similar cuts of organic and non-organic meat, however, when it comes to
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, the levels in organic meat can be up to 47% higher. Omega-3 acids are essential for health.
By increasing your Omega-3 intake you can:
Decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Promote good eye health.
Reduce the risk of heart disease.
Lower some chemical markers in the body that are responsible for dementia, general cognitive
decline, cancer, and arthritis.
Fish like mackerel, salmon, herring, and tuna are some of the most well-known sources of Omega-3.
Organic grass-fed beef is also a primary source. A 3.5 ounce serving of organic beef can provide as much
as 80 milligrams of Omega-3, roughly twice as much as grain-fed beef. Researchers recommend that
healthy adults receive up to 500 milligrams of Omega-3 in their daily diet. People with a history of heart
disease or high-risk factors should consume up to 1,000 milligrams daily.
Chicken and pork are also sources of the essential fatty acid. Getting more Omega-3 through your diet
will reduce your reliance on expensive and often unregulated supplements.
Is the Cost of Organic Food Worth It?
Even recognizing all these beneficial factors, there’s still one significant hurdle for families and
individuals to overcome. Organic food costs more than non-organic and GMO modified alternatives. The
average family could expect to pay between 30% and 40% more for grocery shopping that consists
mostly of organic produce.
This can turn some people away from an organic lifestyle. After all, one of the biggest advantages of
non-organic food is the affordability.
There are ways to get around this, and for many families it simply means making smarter food choices.
Rather than shifting to a fully organic kitchen, you could incorporate some organic foods that are likely
to bring the biggest benefits. Organic fruits and vegetables are still relatively affordable, especially when
you buy locally. You could explore local farmers markets and specialty organic grocery stores to find
cost-effective alternatives to your usual groceries. Large chains like Safeway and Whole Foods offer
organic produce at reasonable prices.
Organic meat is noticeably more expensive than non-organic alternatives, so this is the area where you
would take the biggest hit. One way to get around this is to consume less meat (which comes with its
Whether you choose to go fully organic, or if you simply start to replace some of your normal food
choices with better options, you will notice the difference. More than just a popular fad, consuming
more organic food can provide health benefits and advantages for our ecosystem.
Be practical. Start small and work within your budget. Small changes today could lead you towards a
healthier lifestyle without the risks that come from genetically modified food.