The organic food movement has developed strongly over the last ten years. Suddenly organic food could only be found in health food stores, but now there is a fairly large selection in almost every supermarket or grocery store. While prices have fallen in some cases over the years, articles from controlled organic cultivation are still generally more expensive than non-organic products.
What exactly is “organic”?
Organic fruits, vegetables, cereals, meat, dairy products, and even non-food items are grown according to strict USDA guidelines. They must be produced without chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. They must be produced organically and without hormones and antibiotics.
What are the advantages of organic food?
Flavour – Organic fruits and vegetables tend to be juicier, sweeter and tastier. Organic products are very tasty and nutritious when grown on fertile soils, and since they are usually grown closer to home, they are usually fresher than imported non-organic products. Organic products spoil more quickly due to a lack of preservatives but are still a much better choice. You can also see a difference in the appearance of fruit and vegetables – they can be slightly smaller or not perfectly shaped. This is how naturally grown products should look! Organic meat comes from animals that can graze freely and benefit from fresh air, fresh water, and healthy organic foods, making the meat much tastier.
Health benefits – chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers are known carcinogens. These sprays and additives are generously applied to non-organic foods and leave residues on the fruits that often penetrate the skin. Detergents do not remove all harmful chemicals. Organic products are grown without the use of these harmful chemicals. It also has the advantage that the toxic wastewater from the plants that contaminate our waters does not accumulate. Organic farmers are not exposed to these lethal chemicals either, unlike their non-organic farm workers. Organic meat animals live a much healthier life than farm animals. Instead of living in a cage that is barely big enough to adapt to wallow in their own waste, organic animals are allowed to graze freely in fields with fresh water and a clean environment. This means they don’t need to be pumped with antibiotics just to survive their lifestyle. Also, organic meat and dairy cattle do not receive hormones or other chemicals.
Regulation – In order to be certified organic, farms must follow very strict rules in their cultivation methods. If you find a “certified organic” seal on your food, you can be sure that this item has been carefully manufactured and its origin carefully tested and certified by the USDA.
Resistance to disease and allergies – As mentioned earlier, the chemicals used in commercial agriculture are known to cause cancer, so by eating more organic foods, you will reduce your risk of these cancers. The excessive use of antibiotics in meat and dairy products leads to antibiotic-resistant strains of viruses and diseases. The prevalence of food allergies is increasing alarmingly. Part of the reason for this is the unhealthy cultivation methods used in traditional agriculture. Educating your children about organic products, meat, and dairy products can significantly reduce the risk of food allergies.
Environmental Benefits – Today’s agriculture is destroying our planet. Soil erosion due to overuse is becoming a major problem, and commercial farms contribute most to water pollution with the toxic wastewater from farms. Organic farming builds up the soil through crop rotation and the use of compost and slurry. Since no chemicals are used, water pollution is not a problem either.
Supporting local farmers – Studies show that half of the food produced in the US comes from only 1% of farms. Local farmers find it difficult to maintain their market share in the industry. With the growth of smaller organic farms, we now have a healthier choice when it comes to our food sources. As there are no preservatives in organic food production, shops have to buy food from a much greater distance. By buying organic food