How does your Garden Grow? Does it Matter?

With recent advances in agriculture, you may find yourself scratching your head in the produce aisle. What’s the real scoop on GMOs, and is organic really better for you? Let’s explore the different choices you have when it comes to growing and purchasing fruits and vegetables.

 

Hydroponic

 

Hydroponic vegetables are grown in a liquid solution of water and nutrients. Of course, they’re nutritive value depends on the levels of nutrients they receive, but hydroponic vegetables have been found to have nutrient levels equal to or higher traditionally grown vegetables.

 

Organic

 

Organic vegetables are free from pesticides and artificial fertilizers. However, they are still exposed to environmental toxins if grown outdoors, and guidelines are relatively loose. You may be doing just as well to thoroughly rinse conventional produce.

 

Genetically Modified

 

GMOs are finally waning from the spotlight. After a large uproar and fears that changing a crops genetics could cause health problems and reduce taste, studies have shown the opposite. In fact, GMO crops are hardier and may be the answer to world hunger.

 

Your Garden, Your Choice

 

Absolutely continue researching healthy options, but don’t panic if you ingest produce of unknown origins. There’s no significant reason to scrutinize the fruit salad at the next barbecue you attend, or to spend extra money on your grocery bill. If you’re eating any sort of produce, you’re doing just fine.

 

Remember to wash your vegetables and fruit well, especially those that grow underground, as E.Coli can live in soil. You should also inspect produce for possible contamination by insects or mold prior to purchase.

 

While homegrown and wild produce may taste superior, don’t fret. You’ll still get the nutrients you need if you buy rather than grow.