Organic food myths

Organic food mythsWe would have all been stumbled on “organic” section in the supermarket, when we go shopping. I have always been sceptic about that section. Mostly I don’t know whether it is genuine or not, but I do know the benefits of using organic food. May be you are not so educated about ‘what is the big deal about organic food’. Also some people, even if they know the benefits, stay away from it due to tight budgets, as we all know it is a bit pricy compared to conventional food.

I did touch on this subject in one of my posts ‘Food rich in nutrients‘ and recently I came across a gem of an article that I know you will love reading. According to Nicole Senior, in Healthy & Heartwise,  Organic farming is a more natural way of producing food and respects the environment by prioritising the sustainable health of the soil, air, water, animals and people. Soil fertility boosted by using manure, compost, green manure crops and crop rotation. Natural pest control is achieved  through companion planting, pyrenthrins and herbs.

The next best news is that processed organic foods contain no artificial additives (which cause food allergies) and are free of genetically modified ingredients, so our vegetables and fruits will look normal not obese, isn’t that great. Organic farms compost and recycle waste, which is a valuable and renewable source of nutrients.

Conventional agriculture requires a lot of inputs, many of which are running out and dramatic price increases are expected as supplies dwindle. It also produces a lot of waste this causes grief to our environment. e.g. synthetic fertilisers contribute green house gases and their runoffs contaminate water ways. Compared to conventional agriculture, organic food is produced without man-made fertilisers and pesticides.

Compared to conventional farming, organic farming requires more effort and time, this cause higher price for the produce and less number to feed the growing population. There is a concern we may not be able to feed the projected global population of nine billion by 2050 using current methods.

We can only hope that a new hybrid form of agriculture combining the sustainability of organic with the high yields of conventional will produce a better system.

Besides the sustainability benefits, organic foods are ‘chemical free’ – which 91% of Australians say is important to them. While the food regulator says chemical residue levels in our food are within safety limits, questions have been raised when ‘Choice’ magazine survey found 3 out of 31 strawberries purchased in Sydney contained pesticide levels above the maximum levels in 2008.

While some studies show organic foods have higher antioxidant content, several scientific reviews have concluded there is not enough evidence to support this topic.

Some useful tips:

  1. When buying organic food make sure to look for certified logo used in your country. Buying certified organic ensures strict organic standards have been met through an audit process.
  2. Washing your conventionally grown fruits and vegetables will help to remove most chemical residues.
  3. whether organic or conventional, vegetables and fruit are good for you. So make sure you get your ’2 fruit and 5 veg’ every day

The most important thing is to buy the best food for your health that is environmental friendly. The choice is yours!

Recommendation:

  1. Fight the impurities with adequate Antioxidant
  2. Marvelous fibre

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