Growing organic foods also helps the soil it grows in. It reduces groundwater pollution by foregoing pesticides. Using pesticides in farming causes soil erosion, which in turn ruins the productivity and vitality of the soil. The USDA Agricultural Research Service conducted a study which showed that “organic farming can build up soil organic material better than conventional no-till farming”. They also found more carbon and nitrogen in organic farmland than conventional farmland. Another finding is that organic farming produces 18% more product than conventional farming.
There are also downsides to buying organic foods. The most common downfall to organic food is the cost. Organic foods are pricier than conventionally grown foods because of the more extensive farming practices. Organic foods can also spoil faster, due to the fact that they are not treated with wax and preservatives. Organic foods may also come in odd shapes, smaller sizes, and sometimes in varying colors.