Of course, a slightly higher nutrient level is only half the story. For many organic converts, the most concerning aspect of non-organic food is the possibility of ingesting trace chemicals with their mushroom ragout.
Pesticides have been linked to all kinds of ailments like headaches, tremors, fatigue, dermatitis, nausea and indigestion; as well as major illnesses like depression, breast cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
The good news is most cases of pesticide-related illnesses have occurred overseas. In Australia, we have strict regulations to ensure the food we eat is safe. The body that regulates this is called Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) and they work hard to keep public health risks at a low level.
Of course ‘low level’ isn’t zero, so washing your fruits and vegetables is still a good idea. Katherine says, ‘Fruits and vegetables with a thinner skin will retain more chemicals than skinned products such as bananas. However, a good rinse of the vegetables under the tap can help to remove a significant amount of the pesticide residues.’