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Organic vs Non-organic Farming - The Debate

Organic farming only uses naturally occurring chemicals or traditional remedies to control pests and diseases.

According to public perception, organic food is the healthy option. Sales of organic produce have rocketed over the past few years with the organics industry sending out messages of safer, healthier food created by farming practices which are better for the environment. But is it really as good as we think? 

Critics argue that organic farming leads to the risk of contamination with potentially dangerous bacteria and mould toxins, and increased levels of 'natural pesticide' found in organic produce could even be as dangerous as synthetic chemicals. 

So who do we believe? Are organic fruit and vegetables as harmless as they appear? And why do they cost so much? In this piece, common views about this subject are discussed.

Organic vs Non-organic

Organic food is healthier and safer than food produced conventionally

Is organic food the healthier option? Is it as safe as the public think?


Pesticides used in conventional farming can damage your health

Are the levels of pesticides used in conventional farming enough to damage health?

developing world

Organic farming cannot feed the developing world

Is organic farming a viable option in the developing world?

organic vs non organic

Consumers are paying too much for organic food

Why is the price of organic produce so high?