There is an ever-growing debate about organic food gaining momentum in popular social groups around the world. People are asking whether organic food is real or just a big waste of money.
Have you been considering to consume organic food?
If so, we at TABIIB would like to shed some light on organic food, the benefits of consuming organic food and whether or not is it worth the cost?
What does “organic food” mean?
The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. While the regulations vary from country to country; one rule remains the same. These crops must be grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, or bioengineered genes (GMOs). Organic foods include fresh produce, meats, and dairy products as well as processed foods such as crackers, drinks, and frozen meals.
The organic livestock raised for meat, eggs, and dairy products must be raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviours (such as the ability to graze on pasture) and fed organic feed and forage. They may not be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal by-products.
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources. They also aim towards the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
Before a product can be labelled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown. This is done to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
Technically, the food you grow in your own home, a vegetable garden could be considered organic. If you don’t use synthetic pesticides and you stick with natural fertilizers. However, you couldn’t claim your garden food as officially organic unless you earn approval from the Department of Agriculture in your country.
Benefits of organic food:
How your food is grown can have a major impact on your mental and emotional health as well as on the environment. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts. People who are allergic to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.
1.Organic produce contains fewer pesticides:
Chemicals such as synthetic fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on the food we eat. Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is sometimes (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms nearer to where it is sold.
2.Organically raised animals:
They’re NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Feeding livestock animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically-raised animals tend to be given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.
3.Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified:
Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.
4.Stronger immune system:
The traditional or industrial farming practices aim at enhancing production and farm output by all means necessary. For example, the notion of producing more cereals, more meat and bigger fruits through genetic modifications and use of growth hormones seems to solve some of the world’s food insecurity concerns. The effects are not yet visible, but in the long-term, the consequences are sensitivity to allergens and a major reduction in immune system strength.
Is It Worth the Cost?
Right now, no one can say for sure whether organic food is any more nutritious than conventional food. A few studies have reported that organic produce has higher levels of vitamin C, certain minerals, and antioxidants — thought to protect the body against ageing, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. But the differences are so small that they probably have no impact on overall nutrition.
While at the same time the sales of organic products have skyrocketed in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. People associate organic food with better health, local growers, lower pesticide levels, humane treatment of animals and sounder environmental practices.
But food experts caution that while the big picture is important, you must make the decision that is best for you. If you can manage the higher price, you like the idea of fewer pesticides and a more environmentally friendly, organic food is for you. But don’t skip on healthy conventional foods because you think you need to save for the few organic items that you can afford. Consult a dietician and nutritionist on TABIIB website or app to know more
Organic foods are often much pricier than what they should be. Whether you are buying conventional or organic, there will still be traces of pesticides. Opting for normal fruits and vegetables will not make any proven substantial difference in your health.