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In this post, I will share with you 27 Organic tomatoes vs Conventional Facts. Earlier I have talked about 17 Amazing Facts about Organic Tomatoes.

Organic tomatoes are grown naturally using fertilization and pest management techniques that do not use artificial or synthetic chemicals. Conventional tomatoes are however grown using modern farming techniques – artificial fertilizers, chemicals, herbicides, synthetic pesticides and mechanized processes.

27 Organic tomatoes vs Conventional Facts

# Aspect Conventional Tomatoes Organic Tomatoes
1 Pesticide Conventional Tomatoes are one of the highest pesticide sprayed vegetables in the world. Organic tomatoes have very low pesticide residue.
2 Pesticide Synthetic pesticides are a significant health risk and may cause birth defects, nervous system damage, hormone disruptions, respiratory disorders and various types of cancers. With organic toamtoes, the chances of these health problems are automatically reduced.
3 Pesticide Pesticides have been shown to reduce biodiversity, destroy bird habitats and threaten endangered species.
4 Pesticide Pesticides are a major cause of water pollution.
5 Artificial Fertilizer Conventional Tomato farming relies heavily upon strong artificial fertilizers. Organic tomatoes do not use artificial fertilizers.
6 Artificial Fertilizer Synthetic fertilizers have been shown to play a significant role in contaminating the environment. Organic tomato farming is environment friendly.
7 Artificial Fertilizer Another negative impact of synthetic fertilizer is that most of the nitrogen in the fertilizers is unused and seeps into waterways where it creates algae blooms, which absorb oxygen from the water and suffocate fish and other aquatic life. Organic tomato farming ensures that aquatic life is not impacted.
8 Soil Health Studies have shown that conventional farming leading to deterioration a soil quality as well as desertification in the worst case. Organic tomatoes agriculture sustains the health of soils, as strong chemicals are not used.
9 Soil Health Heavy use of pesticides and fertilizers in conventional tomato farming depletes the land and makes it less arable. Organic tomato cultivation uses a number of techniques to ensure that this does not happen.
10 Soil Health The use of fertilizers hardens the soil and makes it difficult to grow crops without using stringer chemicals. This leads to a vicious cycle which damages the crop, the environment and the local Eco-system.
11 Size Conventional tomatoes are 70% bigger in size than organic tomatoes.
12 Vitamin C Studies have shown that organic tomatoes have 57% more Vitamin C.
13 Anti-oxidants Organic fruits in general contain 40% more antioxidants
14 Anti-oxidants Organic tomatoes have double the concentration of two specific types of flavonoids – quercetin and kaempferol – which are known to have potent antioxidant properties.
15 Beneficial Minerals Organic fruits are said to have more beneficial minerals.
16 Flavonoids Organic tomatoes have 2x more phenolic compounds such as flavonoids which help the body help the body fight oxidative stress – a form of chemical damage linked to chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and dementia
17 Lycopene Found in higher concentration in organic tomatoes, the flavonoid lycopene is known to slow tumor growth.
18 Lycopene Lycopene has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of stroke
19 Lycopene Lycopene has also been shown to reduce the risk of prostrate cancer.
20 Cooked Tomatoes When organic tomatoes are cooked the bio-availability of lycopene actually increases rather than decreases as in other raw foods, and hence cooked organic tomatoes are actually more nutritious and healthier.
21 Cooked Tomatoes Overall antioxidant levels actually increase by 30% when organic tomatoes are cooked.
22 GMO Organic tomatoes are GMO free and hence contains no unnatural or artificial genetic modifications.
23 Economic Benefit Since organic tomatoes are sourced locally, the money stays within the community.
24 Economic Benefit Middle-men and large corporations eat up the profits of local farmers. The organic farmer stands to gain monetarily because he can sell his tomatoes directly to the market without needing middle-men or multiple aggregators.
25 Environmental Benefit There is practically no long-distance transportation of organic tomatoes, hence there is also no carbon emission.
26 Environmental Benefit Organic farming ensures that the tomato plants stay healthy and natural, and this ensures protection of environment.
27 Overall Benefit Holistic benefits of organic tomatoes consumption include improved overall health of families and communities and better overall health because of use of organic produce, ensures lower medical costs and higher prosperity.

Conclusion:

For centuries we in India we have been growing nutritious food in healthy soil with no artificial pesticides and chemicals. Yet to become modern, India started introducing large scale mechanized farming, artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides and chemicals since the 1960’s! We were copying America. The result has not been good – farm productivity has actually come down and farm produce has become harmful because of heavier concentration of these strong chemicals. Today the world is moving back to organic cultivation methods, and Indian farming is once again going back to its organic roots.

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