Originally Posted by rjd3282
A new study out of Stanford University compared organic fruits and vegetables with their conventionally grown counter parts for nutrients. They found that the expensive, organic goods were no more nutritious than their lowly conventional brothers and sisters. The same researchers came to the same conclusion about meats - no obvious health advantages.
Yes, but did anyone do a survey to see what those researchers ate personally? I would be really curious as to the results of that survey.
As I mentioned in this post, and many others, I've been on a self sufficiency kick for sometime now. The biggest reason for that is to improve my quality of living. I've absolutely been amazed at all of the things I've learned over the last few years since I got on this kick, and one of those things applies here.
I got interested in apples a few months back because I wanted to put out fruit trees. I had no idea that there was so much to a simple apple. At one time there were over 16,000 varieties of apples. Today there far fewer people growing apple trees and most have been lost but there are still over 3,000 varieties of apples. I had no idea there were so many because the majority of what I see are the 5 or 6 types in the grocery store. I also learned that there are many different tastes to all of those apples. For example some have a cinnamon flavor. An apple popular in the 1700's has a pineapple flavor.
One thing that became clear to me after learning all that is grocery stores don't carry produce based on what is the best tasting or healthiest. They choose the produce they carry based on economics just like large farms choose which crops to plant based on economics. They choose varieties that ship well, don't bruise easy, will ripen slowly while in transit, are resistant to insects, and so on. I'm not faulting them for that or accusing them of being evil or any of that stuff. They are running a business and they have to make business decisions. But the qualities that make for the best produce to grow in Guatemala and then ship to the grocery store are not the qualities that will make that produce the best to me. Again, they aren't choosing varieties based on what is the best tasting or healthiest and that's because they have too many other factors to also consider.
Local farms have economic decisions to consider as well but transit isn't one of them if it is sold locally. By buying local I get produce that is picked closer to being ripe and so I get produce that tastes better. The more local the better with the best being my backyard. There is no produce anywhere that is better than what is in my backyard, and it is selected solely based on taste (and my taste at that).
I also have to believe that some nutrients are lost during transit but I have no idea how many or if it is even enough to be of any significance? Regardless, I'm certain that nothing from the grocery store is going to be quite as healthy as something that is picked when ripe and consumed then.
As for the organic thing, normal produce may not be any healthier but I sure do feel better eating something that I know was grown in a more natural manner and without all of the chemicals.
I don't doubt the study you cited but I still prefer locally grown and organic just from a quality of living standpoint. If I eat something that tastes much better and is healthier (even if only slightly) then I have improved my quality living, and that's what this is about for me.
Thanks for posting the info though. It is interesting to know.