Uncle Matt’s responds to the article “Food for Thought: Organic Grub Worth Buying?” by Andrew Schneider. If you want to read the original article, click here.
“We at Uncle Matt’s believe, ‘Yes! Organic fruits and vegetables, as well as juices, are worth buying!’ The research done by Dr. Chenseng Lu at Emory University showing consistent pesticide (synthetic) levels in the urine and saliva of children that consume conventional fruits and veggies versus the non-existent levels in children consuming organic are noteworthy. We believe that the elimination of these residues in our children is worth the extra cost for organic and will positively affect the long-term health of our families.
Also, research done by Dr Charles Benbrook published in January 2009 showed that nutrient levels were indeed higher in fruit and vegetable crops that were grown organically. The case states that organic foods are nutritionally superior in about 2/3 of “matched pair” cases and that the magnitude of the difference favors organic production systems.
In an April 2005 study conducted by Italian scientists and published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, organic oranges contained 12% higher levels of vitamin C over vitamin C levels in conventionally grown oranges. Furthermore, higher nitrogen levels in conventional oranges were detected over organic ones. Desirable lower average nitrogen levels help reduce form of cancer-causing nitrosamine. These scientific studies help provide the economic and nutritional justification for buying organic produce.
Regarding “Holes in the Latticework,” which brings into question the enforcement of the guidelines by which the organic growers must comply to be certified organic, Uncle Matt has been working with the Organic Trade Association to push for safeguards against counterfeits and for better regulation of the industry through increased funding to the USDA.
Here at Uncle Matt’s, we undergo annual inspections and are involved hands-on with our organic certifying agency to ensure compliance. We talk with our certifying agency monthly, at times weekly, to ensure that Uncle Matt’s farm plan is always in compliance with the National Organic Program.”