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Organic Food...
 

Is healthier for me

Draw! Many studies have found that organic produce can be more nutritionally dense – or is packed with more vitamins and nutrients per unit of weight – compared to conventionally grown produce. Some have not found a big difference. An important note is that many essential nutrients can be found on the skin of the produce where most of the pesticide residue is located! Check out Washington State University’s many studies to break down the information by nutrients and by fruit!.

Is better for the environment

Fact! Organic farming is less dependent on fossil fuels and is more energy efficient compared to conventional farming. Plus, organic farmers use environmentally-friendly farming techniques like natural pest and disease control! There are exceptions to every rule, which is why knowing where the food come form is so important.

Is grown without pesticides

Fiction! Some organic food is grown with naturally-derived pesticides. Many plants and microorganisms have properties that repel damaging insects and diseases. Naturally-derived pesticides are different from synthetic pesticides in that they are generally less persistent (they don't hang around in the environment), less toxic, and are only used as a last resort! Organic farmers must follow strict guidelines which dictates that every mechanical (hand-pulling weeds, smashing bugs) and biological (encouraging insect-eating birds' populations or grazing with goats) control must be used before resorting to an organic pesticide.

Is safer to eat
 
Draw! The most recent USDA Pesticide Data Program summary clearly shows that organic produce has lower levels of pesticides residue compared to conventional - so, on that score, yes! It is always important, however, to thoroughly wash produce before eating. While organic farms and conventional farms follow food safety regulations, there are always steps that can be taken in the home to protect yourself and your family!

Is easy to grow

Fiction!
Organic farming is a highly challenging career! There are no quick fixes, no single answers. Organic farmers rely on many interacting factors to create wholesome, good products - including insects, helpful fungi, and lots of hands.

Is always the best choice

NOFA-NJ believes that the organic movement is vitally important to the sustainability of food production. It is also important to the local economy and to the environment to support our local NJ farmers. Some farmers are not certified organic, but are environmentally responsible. Start a conversation with a local farmer today and find out what methods they use to grow your food. Local and organic...the best of both worlds!