Great graphic.for certain fruits and veggies i try to eat organic as much as possible, as i know them to be more tainted with unwanted junk. Such as Apples, Grapes, Celery, berries . Milk and eggs i also buy natural and organic where applicable
check this image out, a friend recently sent to me
I'm strongly in favour of sustainable agriculture, and organic principles are closer to the mark than intensive agriculture, but the principal benefits I see are in terms of the environment rather than nutrition.A study conducted at Rutgers University (Bear et al., 1948) is frequently misquoted as evidence supporting the position that organically grown vegetables are significantly superior in minerals and trace elements to conventionally grown vegetables. In reviewing the original publication, one can clearly see that this was not the intention of the study nor does it give support to this premise. The purpose of the study was to compare the mineral composition of vegetables "as one proceeds from south to north and from east to west in the United States." Samples of cabbage, lettuce, snapbean, spinach, and tomatoe were obtained from commercial fields of these crops and analyzed for mineral composition. A total of 204 samples were examined. The vegetables sampled were usually, but not always, of the same variety. The authors reported, in a table, the range in mineral concentration as highest and lowest values observed among the vegetables sampled. These highest and lowest values have been misrepresented as vegetables grown organically and inorganically, respectively, in various organic farming and healthfood newsletters, which cite the report (copies of the misquotes are available on request).
The authors discussed the influence of soil type, fertilizer practice, and climate on the observed differences in mineral composition. The study only provides a general survey of their possible influence and did not compare synthetic fertilizer and organic practices.
+1I'm strongly in favour of sustainable agriculture, and organic principles are closer to the mark than intensive agriculture, but the principal benefits I see are in terms of the environment rather than nutrition.
that's 17 years old.for certain fruits and veggies i try to eat organic as much as possible, as i know them to be more tainted with unwanted junk. Such as Apples, Grapes, Celery, berries . Milk and eggs i also buy natural and organic where applicable
check this image out, a friend recently sent to me
I do try to buy organic as much as possible, but more importantly, I try to buy local. If they are available in your community, look for a food coop in your city. Often times, after joining, the produce will be cheaper than you can buy in a grocery store, and you'll get a lot more input on what's doing well, as well as being able to talk to the people that grow your food.
Cheers for the link, interesting but wish it was a bit more thorough, treating soil management as just crop rotation was a bit too narrow, ignoring chemicals such as DDT which had huge impacts on ecosystems and eutrophication from run off of highly soluble fertilisers. A big annoyance though was their description of nitrogen based fertiliser production, yes the N comes from the air but to convert it to ammonia requires hydrogen which is derived from fossil fuel sources- endlessly sustainable this is not, ( as an interesting side note this is the source of most of the CO2 used by the drinks industry).
Someone commenting on the essay/podcast said the same thing and pointed to an interesting talk/video about soils, soil management, and crop rotation:Cheers for the link, interesting but wish it was a bit more thorough, treating soil management as just crop rotation was a bit too narrow...
I'm of the same mind, but the conclusion I draw is often different. These things vary from crop to crop and region to region, so it's really hard to get a good grasp on what you should buy. The arguments against organic and local can be boiled down to they're less efficient and more energy intensive than conventional farming from other areas. But again, that's not always true. Organic also has problems because the label doesn't always hold the meaning you would hope or expect it to. This is a pretty good article about it:Interesting graphic, though the research paper it is based in has been updated with the following:
I'm strongly in favour of sustainable agriculture, and organic principles are closer to the mark than intensive agriculture, but the principal benefits I see are in terms of the environment rather than nutrition.
hard to argue with this post.I eat everything I eat to the fullest extent. If I had a deep freezer(just got room for one, it's on the must-get list), we are going to just buy half a cow and use ALL of it. The problem with eating red meat is the same as the problem with only eating chicken breast. *** are you going to do with an entire chicken, if you are a chicken farm, if everyone thinks that 2 muscles are the only thing desirable in it? Grow mutated disease-barn birds and pump them full of crap to keep them alive, and process and chemically treat the rest of the bird so it looks and seems kinda like the breast.
I think if you consider what a cow takes to produce environmentally, and equate every pound of a whole animal to a pound of, say, ribeye, yeah that's outrageous. But considering you can get GALLONS AND GALLONS of stock out a cow(we get a few gallons out of one chicken carcass, so I'd wager hundreds of gallons out of a cow), It'll stretch pretty dang far. Cows make milk. Nobody eats the cow's head. We don't supplement meals with broth or soaked grains or quality fats. The problem is, nobody wants to work for their food anymore, or eat sparse meals. We want steak and fruit salad and cupcakes, not soup and greens and honey.
I think it's pathetic that we don't allow people to slaughter over-age dairy animals.
I don't see how you arrive at that. It's about balancing the food production as a whole picture--you can't grow crops on land you can raise pigs on. My father had 125 head of longhorns on a ranch with land completely unsuitable for farming anything but huisache and salt grass. They were grass-managed, we burned 1/4 of the land every year(when nature didn't do that for us) and rotated where we put the herd, and managed a fence. That's it. They protected themselves, bred themselves, and meat came out. All we had to do was burn, mow, and fix fences.No matter how efficient you are at using the whole animal, it's still going to be massively worse for the planet than eating plants and worse than eating most other kinds of meat.