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I've been wondering for some time now.....when we read the nutritional information of any given food, what is that based on? If a carrot, for example, has 19,152 IUs of Vitamin A (I looked it up!)--is that a conventional carrot? an organic carrot? or are these values based on vegetables from the early 1900's before we had totally depleated our soil?<br><br>
Does anyone else ever wonder if we're actually getting the vitamins and minerals that "they" say we are? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Blech. According to the USDA a carrot is a carrot is a carrot. Up until the 1950s the USDA recorded the nutritional content of veggies/fruit from around the country. So basically compared carrots from CA, MI, FA, etc. The results were not the same. The carrots from MI were more nutrient deense because of the higher quality of soil. However- farmers in CA/FL rebelled and since then the USDA has said that a carrot is a carrot is a carrot. Make sense? So fast forward. Dramm (the organic side) has researchers that are comparing the carrots- both conventional and organic, and soil types, and inputs to determine which is more nutrient dense. I don't know if it will ever be published.... But I firmly believe that my organic produce is healthier and more nutrient dense than hydroponic/conventional/grown in sandy soil, etc.
 

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hmmm...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I guess I was naiive to think there was a simple answer!<br><br>
I never doubted that organic was healthier, just <i>how much</i> healthier is the question. Incidentally, does anyone know how much (what percentage) healthier organic produce is? (this is more as fuel against the "I can't afford to buy organic" arguement of family members!)<br><br>
I understand there's food politics, but there has to be something published out there...(or am I being naiive again??!)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">hmmm...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I guess I was naiive to think there was a simple answer!<br><br>
I never doubted that organic was healthier, just <i>how much</i> healthier is the question. Incidentally, does anyone know how much (what percentage) healthier organic produce is? (this is more as fuel against the "I can't afford to buy organic" arguement of family members!)<br><br>
I understand there's food politics, but there has to be something published out there...(or am I being naiive again??!)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"></div>
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Not all organic is created equal either. Sorry. But my arguement for purchasing organic is this (in addition to the fact that I am an organic farmer): Our family eats roughly the same $$ amount wether it is organic or conventional. So we put our $ towards the organic. Inadvertantly we consume less food (units) but the same $. We never realized that we were eating less though. Like every week I go to the grocery and spend $120. It was like this before we started purchasing organic. Same $120 every week. Now my cart is less full- but we still last a week. I just don't buy the same things. Cheese and apples is a better snack and fills you up more than crackers or chips or something like that.<br><br>
Maybe check out rodale for published studies. but there is and should not be a hard and fast percentage- the soil is just too different! Fresh, local, and organic will always be better though!
 
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