By this point, we are all more than aware of the options available to us when shopping for food, especially produce. Mostly because of its higher price point — although the gap is shrinking — the vast majority of us opt away from the organic section to buy conventional. This Swedish family, featured in the video below, is of no exception, as they too have spent their entire lives eating conventionally grown and produced food.
That is until Coop, a Swedish supermarket chain, challenged them to go completely organic for two weeks. Wanting to see firsthand whether or not an organic diet would positively impact the lives of this young family, the Swedish Environmental Research Institute monitored and studied their transition.
The results are quite drastic and might just convince you to go organic, too. Check it out:
This isn’t the first time scientists have explored the difference between organic and conventional foods. A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT university, published in the journal Environmental Research, found that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide exposure in adults by 90% (source).
Cynthia Curl, an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, recently published a pesticide exposure study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Results of her research indicated that, among individuals eating similar amounts of vegetables and fruits, the ones who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower OP pesticide exposure than those who normally consume conventionally grown produce. You can read more about that here.
The Importance of Thinking Long Term
As the video clearly shows, there certainly is a lot to be gained by making the decision to eat organic as often as possible. With this understanding in mind, is it really worth saving some money at the cash register today if it will ultimately cost you more in the long term?
Living in a world dominated by affordability and convenience, far too many of us are casting aside what we know to be beneficial for our health. This is not only helping to create the first generation of children who will not outlive their parents, but is also keeping organic produce at its higher price point.
The more we collectively demand to eat organic, the closer we come to a world where organically grown produce once again becomes the norm and the standard. In that world, more attention would be placed on finding ways to grow and produce organics more efficiently, hopefully making it more affordable in the process.
What are your thoughts on the conventional versus organic debate? Did the study conducted in this video help to sway or strengthen your stance? Let us know via the comment section below.
For those that are interested, I also encourage you to find out more about the full study here.
To view a couple of other studies that have been published regarding pesticide reduction levels measured in adults when switching to organic produce, click here.
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