I recently came across an article from the Mayo Clinic differentiating between organic and conventional foods. One could call it a simple chart for beginners:
|Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.||Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.|
|Spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease.||Use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.|
|Use herbicides to manage weeds.||Rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.|
|Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.||Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.|
Each of the additives on the left column poses a threat to those ingesting them, i.e. us. Is it worth paying more for the organic apple? Is it worth paying more for your health? You decide.
To read more: Mayo Clinic.