Conventional veggies versus Organic veggies: Know the difference

On the use of pesticides

It is impossible to produce a sizeable yield of vegetables without somehow using pesticides on the plants. Pesticides are first and foremost beneficial in making sure growth process of the vegetables is not disrupted by pest infestation and for all produce to be in best physical form. However, plants have a great ability to absorb pesticides and even if claims of chemical pesticides used are at a harmless level, the trace amounts left in them may be harmful in the long run with regular consumption of  this kind of produce. Likewise, depending on the plant nature some vegetables are more prone to infestations than others. In this case more pesticides are used on them. You are better off knowing that pesticides used in organic farming are likewise organic or natural. This means there is practically no trace of harmful pesticides in each plant consumed. In the table below, you’ll see that for some vegetables it is best that you buy organic, and for some you can choose to go for the conventional.

Most heavily contaminated 
with chemical pesticides
 

* Buy organic instead

If you can afford it, 
buy organic instead

Least commonly contaminated
* It’s your choice to eat the
conventional type

Celery
Spinach
Kale/Collard Greens
Sweet Bell Peppers
Potatoes
Lettuce

Green Beans
Squashes
Peppers
Cucumbers
Cauliflower

Onions
Sweet Corn
Asparagus
Sweet Peas
Eggplant
Cabbage
Sweet Potato
 Mushrooms

 On the use of fertilizers

Fertilizers are used in farming to make sure yield is large enough for public supply or distribution. Conventionally-grown vegetables yield plenty due to the use of chemical fertilizers. Its use, however,  harmfully alters the natural ecosystem of the land necessary to vegetable farming. Chemical fertilizers make the soil acidic due to high sulfuric and hydrochloric acids, destroy the healthy micro-organisms present in the soil as well as the earthworms that help aerate it. The result is “dead” soil. Even if a plant survives in this kind of soil you cannot expect it to be as healthy as another that has been planted in a nutrient-rich living soil.

 Organic vegetables win

Knowing now this information, we can no longer discount the fact that vegetables with no contamination and harvested from healthy, living soil are far better than those with even the least amount of contamination and harvested from dead soil. In this argument organic vegetables still win in both accounts.

The following infographic shows the difference in the nutritional values of just some of the organic and conventional vegetables.