A decade ago, organic food hasn’t been so much into consideration. But today, organic food is the hot topic of the trending nutrition and healthy lifestyle, we all are craving for. With increasing rates and demand for organic food, it really makes us question of its true benefits. Typically 70% of the Americans consume organic food occasionally which costs more than 50% price of the conventional food. Is organic food really worth the money you spend on it? Is the green label on the food you buy is just a way to make more money or just a symbol of luxury? All the boasts about organic farming and organic food that everyone around us is going crazy for is too little proof oriented and lacks fulfilling reality in it. Here is the answer to all the questions on the benefits and drawbacks of organic food. Before diving into the debate of how good is organic food, here is the meaning of organic farming:
According to OMAFRA – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs “Organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones.”
On the contrary, a new study found that, organic farming releases more amounts of greenhouse gases than the conventional agriculture methods. The study published in June 2015 issue of Agriculture and Human Values suggests that organic farming, as it currently stands, is not as sustainable as it could be, and when done on a large scale, even produces more greenhouse gases (“GHGs” are heat-trapping compounds that contribute to climate change) than its conventional counterpart.
Below are the unbelievable myths about organic food that you never know.
1) Higher price does not mean higher quality
According to Wikipedia, organic farming majorly relies on fertilizers of organic origin such as compost, manure, and bone meal etc. Sadly how does it make it so costly if organic farming majorly relies on manure. On a practical note, chemical fertilizers must be ideally more costlier than natural manure.
But the reality is in most cases all of the conventional farming techniques are also used on organic produce. Organic products in no way add more quality to the food you consume. “Organic pesticides pose the same health risks as non-organic ones.”
2) Not all organic foods are the same, however
- 100 percent organic – This seal means products are completely organic or that they use all ingredients that are organic.
- Organic – This seal means that the product must be at least 95% organic, except salt and water.
- Made using organic ingredients – Products that contain at least 7-% organic ingredients may say “made with organic ingredients”. But they must not use the seal.
Foods containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients can’t use the seal or the word “organic” on their product labels. They can include the organic items in their ingredient list, however. Also it is believed that many non organic organic foods are mixed up with conventional foods that are sold across in long chains.
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3) Organic food does not contain pesticides
When Soil Association in the UK asked people the reason to choose organic food over conventional food, 95% of the people answered the top reason was to avoid usage of pesticides. By embracing organic food, you believe you are out of the trap of artificial growth promoters and chemical fertilizers. But that is not completely true. The truth is that most of the organic produce especially the one you find on big store chains, are fertilizer driven.
Organic foods also use pesticides. There is no big difference between organic and conventional pesticides. As a matter of fact, organic pesticides come from natural sources, and are not processed, but they sometimes contain the exact same substances as regular pesticides.
4) Organic food does not harm the environment
Though organic farms enforce to treat animals as humanely as possible, the case is different with plants and it is quite surprising. Sometimes, organic products are worse for the environment compared to their conventional counterpart. Generally organic farming does not require a lot of energy, but takes up more land in comparison with conventional farming. Nowadays, organic farming is more practiced by big companies who do not care about the process of producing organic food and are just business minded. Researchers at the Oxford university analyzed and observed that organic produce releases more amounts of nitrogen leaching, nitrous oxide emissions, ammonia emissions and have more acidification potential.
In short, organic farming is a good business, but a bad investment.
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5) No significant nutrient difference in organic versus conventional
There is very little evidence that consuming organic food is in any way healthy for you. Rather there are growing evidences of the ill effects of the food and its production. It’s a spoiler alert.
A Stanford team observed masses consuming organic and convetional food and reported “little significant difference in health benefits between organic and conventional foods, as well as no consistent differences in the vitamin content of organic products. In fact, only one nutrient (again, phosphorous) was significantly higher in organic versus conventionally grown produce. Protein and fat content were also similar, although a significant difference was reported in organic milk, which contained higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.”
So, should you consume organic food or not?
Though explaining the clear picture of organic and non-organic food, is not completely plausible. What we would recommend is, the question is not about organic and not organic, it is about local food. The way we are all blindly attracted towards the green label on the organic food clearly leads the path to many business men to make a hell lot of money and not provide any benefits to the food we buy.
To produce Organic food has merely become a business and not all organic food are actually organic. So question your thoughts before you just jump into an illusion and bring out the true picture of it.
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The green label does not mean you are doing good for your health and environment. You are what you eat, so next time when you step into the supermarket make sure you make the right choice. Embrace local food and promote local farmers, the environment and your health will automatically go green. You could also make use of those few pots at your home. House farming is much more appreciated. In that case you would not have to question on the quality of the food you are consuming. You could plant just a few plants, that are consumed more often in your diet.
In all means, local produce are fresher, cheaper, emit lesser CO2 and does not need to travel thousands of miles to reach your supermarket.
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