A new study by Stanford University showed that one of the main reasons people buy organic food may actually be understated. It compared nutrient levels of both organic and conventionally-grown food, and found that they were actually similar.
Organics often have a higher cost than non-organic foods. Although the study shows the nutrient levels may be similar, the fact remains that organics still have lower pesticides than conventionally grown. That's according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Organic produce doesn't have those types of pesticides that have been shown to cause ADHD. Some of the fertilizers that are widely used have been linked to cancer, according to the EPA," explains Michael Wall, the Communications Director for Georgia Organics.
And at Fort Valley State University, officials and professors have been doing organic farming on the university's farm. Dr. James Brown has been studying organic farming and saying his students have a high interest in the subject. He says despite the higher cost, it's best to avoid the harmful chemicals.
One local place for organics is Macon's Mulberry Street Market, which is open on Wednesdays from 4 to 7. One vendor, Dale Myers, works in cardiology, but began organic farming with his wife as a hobby.
Myers says more people are getting on board. When he started out, he says many dismissed it as "strange and a little too new age."
Some of the biggest culprits for higher pesticide content, according to the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list include some Georgia staples such as peaches, strawberries, blueberries, potatoes, and collard greens.
The group recommends those foods to be bought organic to avoid the pesticides.