Organic Facts

  1. Organic produce is non-GMO! [1] [2]

  2. Organic tomatoes have higher levels of lycopene (+20%) and vitamin C (+30%).[3]

  3. Organic strawberries have a longer shelf life, higher antioxidant activity, and taste better compared to conventional strawberries. [4]

  4. Organic apples have higher levels of antioxidants such as quercetin and other flavonoids which are good4u. [5]

  5. Eat Your Organic Greens! A study comparing conventional vs. organic green vegetables: spinach (120%), Chinese cabbage, bok choy and scallions (20-50%) all had significantly higher antioxidant activity than conventional greens. [6]

  6. According to the Environmental Working Group‘s analysis of USDA data, pesticides were present in 98% of 700+ conventional apple samples tested… after they were washed! [7] [8]

  7. Ketchup made from organic tomatoes has higher antioxidant content than ketchup made from conventional tomatoes. [9]

  8. Organic Spanish olives have about twice as many free radical scavenging phenolic compounds than conventionally grown Spanish olives.[10]

  9. One study found 59% of tested conventional herbs & spices contained more than 24 different pesticide residues. [11]

  10. Thyme to Go Organic! Did you know that all of our bulk herbs & spices are now 100% USDA Organic?* *Transition to 100% Organic herbs & spices in all of our Natural Grocers stores will continue through 2016.

  11. The dead zone, caused by runoff of chemical fertilizers that forms in the Gulf of Mexico, every spring, is approximately 5,550 square miles. That’s larger than the state of Connecticut. [12]

  12. Numerous studies show that organic farming promotes biodiversity and enhances the health of the ecosystems near those organic farms.[13]

  13. Studies show that consuming organic vegetables frequently is associated with a healthy pregnancy. [14]

  14. Studies show that children exposed to synthetic pesticides, which are commonly found on conventional foods, were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. In adults—exposure to these pesticides is linked to a 1.5-fold increase of developing Alzheimer’s disease.[15] [16]

  15. Organic fruits and vegetables aren’t treated with waxes or preservatives. [17]

  16. Natural Grocers 100% organic produce is Always Affordable.℠




[3] Food Chem Toxicol. 2014 May;67:139-44. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2014.02.018. Epub 2014 Feb 23. Organic versus conventional tomatoes: influence on physicochemical parameters, bioactive compounds and sensorial attributes. Vinha AF1, Barreira SV2, Costa AS3, Alves RC4, Oliveira MB3.

[4] PLoS One. 2010 Sep 1;5(9). pii: e12346. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012346. Fruit and soil quality of organic and conventional strawberry agroecosystems. Reganold JP1, Andrews PKReeve JRCarpenter-Boggs LSchadt CWAlldredge JRRoss CFDavies NMZhou J.

[5] Petkovsek M, Slatnar A, Stampar F, Veberic R. The influence of organic/integrated production on the content of phenolic compounds in apple leaves and fruits in four different varieties over a 2-year period. J Food Sci Agric. 2010; 90(14): 2366-2378




[9] Vallverdú-Queralt A1, Medina-Remón ACasals-Ribes IAmat MLamuela-Raventós RM.  A metabolomic approach differentiates between conventional and organic ketchups. J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Nov 9;59(21):11703-10

[10] Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2015 Mar;66(2):197-202. doi: 10.3109/09637486.2014.979320. Epub 2015 Jan 13.

[11] Reinholds I1, Pugajeva I1, Bavrins K1, Kuckovska G1, Bartkevics V1 Mycotoxins, pesticides and toxic metals in commercial spices and herbs. Food Addit Contam Part B Surveill. 2016 Jul 9. [Epub ahead of print]


[13] Turnbull LA, Hector A. Applied ecology: How to get even with pestsJournal name: NatureVolume: 466,Pages: 36–37Date published: (01 July 2010)DOI:

[14] Torjusen H1, Brantsæter AL2, Haugen M2, Alexander J3, Bakketeig LS4, Lieblein G5, Stigum H4, Næs T6, Swartz J7, Holmboe-Ottesen G8, Roos G2, Meltzer HM2. Reduced risk of pre-eclampsia with organic vegetable consumption: results from the prospective Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. BMJ Open. 2014 Sep 10;4(9):e006143. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006143.

[15] Bouchard MF1, Bellinger DCWright ROWeisskopf MG. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and urinary metabolites of organophosphate pesticides.Pediatrics. 2010 Jun;125(6):e1270-7. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-3058. Epub 2010 May 17.



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