ORGANIC FOOD HAS MORE NUTRIENTS: HERE ARE SOME STATS
Posted May 24 2009 6:40pm
Organics– this is where the better side of meat is presented. Grass fed organic beef has been found to contain higher levels of Alpha Linolenic Acid, an essential fatty acid not synthesized by the body, which is part of the key omega 3 fatty acids beneficial for healthy cardiovascular function. Grass fed organic beef also has higher levels of vitamin B12 and antioxidants. Meat, eggs, and dairy from organic pasture raised animals have more “good fats” less “bad” fats and contain higher amounts of vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, ALA, and antioxidants. 29 A cow fed a grain diet that is mainly corn leads to compositional changes and upsets the natural beneficial qualities of the meat. Cows didn’t evolve to exist on corn grains; they evolved by eating grass. Do you see cows running around in corn fields pulling ears of corn off the stalks and eating the ears of corn?
Referencing an article in the Journal of Dairy Research, the researcher stated…“continuing the breeding and management systems that focus solely on increasing milk yield will result in a steady dilution of vitamins and antioxidants”.
Even the USDA is turning a blind eye to the situation. When they were confronted with the data that their numbers in the USDA’s National Nutrient Database showed a continual decline in the number of nutrients in fruits and vegetables from 1975 to 2004 they responded “..it is true that in many cases, the apparent nutrient content…decreased. " They also did not pursue any investigation into the matter since informed of this trend in 1999.
Fruits and vegetables grown with synthetic fertilizers (containing synthetic chemical nitrogen) contain 20% less dry matter and more water compared with organic crops. High nitrogen levels makes plants grow faster and absorb more water. These fruits and vegetables may grow bigger and faster which is beneficial for agribusiness but the consumer suffers. We are paying higher prices for a lower nutrient content, poorer tasting, and lower quality product.
To reiterate, consider this, synthetic nitrogen fertilizer increases health risk, adds more water content, results in less actual mass of fruits and vegetables, less actual nutrient content and diluted flavor but leads to more weight. The result is that you pay more money but the nutrient content is diminished. In contrast, organic farmers function in a manner that supports the dynamic yet complex relationship between the roots of crops, natural minerals and microorganisms in the soil. These farms are bound by law and strong regulation as well as personal conviction to utilize methods other than chemical nitrogen fertilizers. They enhance the fertility of the soil by several alternative strategies such as composting, cover crops, farm animal channeling, natural fertilizers and crop rotational systems. The future of agriculture has already shifted strongly in the direction of organics but it is still in its adolescent stages in this new century of food production. Overall, the approach toward food production will best serve humanity, animals and business by fostering a holistic approach to our food systems. A traditional organic production system will bring a sense of balance and harmony, one that will increase the health, vitality and longevity of everyone.
Good places to look for more info. www.eatwild.com is the #1 site for grass fed food and facts. The Organic Consumers Association is an excellent resource for Organic information. They are also a food safety watchdog and advocacy group. http://www.organicconsumers.org/