Wednesday, 28 August 2013 02:44

ORGANIC BANANAS

The major difference between organic bananas and conventionally grown are that conventional bananas are grown with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides to protect the crops from mold, bugs, and disease. On theother side, organic farmers use natural fertilizers such as manure and seaweed, insect predators and barriers to prevent pests, and they weed by hand or mulch in order to prevent weeds.

You may be thinking that all those chemicals used to grow conventional bananas are no big deal because you peel the fruit. But the chemicals are not just on the outside of the banana — they leach into the soil that is used to grow the produce. So even if you peel your banana, it doesn't prevent you from ingesting small amounts of those chemicals. Although you may feel better knowing most experts agree that these small amounts you ingest pose little threat to your health, but then again you have to wonder if all these small amounts of toxins don't add up over time. If you're concerned about the nutritional value of your food, there are ongoing studies exploring the connection between pesticides and nutrients in foods; so far, as you will see from the articles we have posted, it looks like in every case there is evidence that organic is healthier and more nutritious especially when it comes to anti-oxidants. Organic produce is also better for the planet since chemical pesticides make their way into the soil and run off into water sources.

 

With the seasonal sky-rocketing prices of food, buying organic may not be feasible all the time - often the shortage of supply drives up the prices. Thats why here at Byron Bay organics we encourage the growth of the organic farming community - sustainable supply will bring down the prices. Bananas, along with avocados, mangos, papayas, and pineapples have been found to have the lowest pesticide residue. However, apples, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries have very high pesticide residues so you might want to splurge on organic whenever possible to eat well.