In recent times, going “organic” has picked up a huge trend. Organic foods have increasingly gained popularity among people, promising only benefits to those who consume them with almost no harm. Organic foods are those consumable products that are, made completely organically without using any kind of synthetic method. However, are organic foods really safer than non-organically made food products? Are they really worth the high expense as compared to others? Do the shiny labels on them really mean what they say? All of these questions might sound troubling at first. Nevertheless, today we are going to tackle these very questions and answer the question “Are organic foods better?
What are Even Organic Foods?
Any food item that has been, grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, etc. and any animal product that is free from the intervention of growth hormones, antibiotics, etc. can be termed as organic. In short, any agricultural product free from all kinds of synthetic methods to boost its growth or improve its yield is, considered as “Organic food”.
Organic foods are, grown using natural fertilizers such as animal waste, and all the other aspects related to growing them such as weeding, sowing, reaping do not involve the use of any synthetic chemicals too. However, this does not mean that fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides
, etc. are not, used at all. It only means that they, are used in much lesser quantities as compared to non-organic farming and are naturally, derived instead of chemical-based derivatives.
Any food item, which is, claimed to be organic, ensures that it is completely GMO-free. This means that organic foods are not genetically, modified to become resistant to synthetic herbicides. Such type of genetic modification in plants and animals has often been, linked to gastrointestinal problems caused in humans. Although there are many debates as to the increase in the risk of cancer due to GMOs, not enough evidence is available to support the claims. Organic foods being completely free of such artificial genetic modifications, pose almost risk towards human consumption.
Any animal grown on an organic farm that is, used for producing organic animal products is not, given any kind of growth hormone, and are, fed completely organic feed. In addition, they are, allowed to roam out in the open on the farm ensuring proper mental and physical growth of the animal. Finally, no animal product processed organically contains any kind of preservative too.
What are the Benefits?
The popular saying “You are what you eat”, does really make sense when considering choosing between organic and inorganic foods. In fact, what we consume has a lot of effect on our physical health as well as on our mental health. As biological beings, we do require nutrients, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in a balanced and healthy manner to ensure survival. Organic foods are the best option for this purpose as they provide all of the essentials needed, along with many other benefits as discussed below.
- Higher nutritional content: Although, the nutritional value of organic foods is, disputed all the time, according to some research organically grown products have been, found to be richer in nutrients than inorganic foods. This is partly due to the reason that organic products have very low levels of pesticides involved in them among many other reasons. In addition, organic animal-based products also provide higher nutritional values because the animals reared for the purpose are treated using completely safe and organic methods instead of harmful chemical-based methods.
- Environmental factor: Without a single doubt, it is clear that any inorganic farming technique is very harmful to the environment. Organic farming produce is completely safe for human consumption as well as the environment. As organic farming makes almost no use of any synthetic fertilizer or pesticides this ensures that the soil in which the plants grow also is, enriched with the use of harmless organic options. Besides, this also reduces the risk of any harmful chemicals from ending up in human consumption and it also requires about 50% less energy compared to inorganic farming methods according to a fifteen-year study.
- The super-strain problem: Nature is continuously evolving and so do the various organisms that exist within it too. Inorganic farming makes use of many toxic chemicals to kill the different bugs that are harmful to the plants, or disease-causing bacteria that are harmful to plants as well as animals. However, as more and more toxic chemicals are, used for this purpose the bugs and bacteria also adapt to them and eventually render such chemicals useless. Organic farming, on the other hand, tries to maintain biodiversity by not killing each and everything that can cause harm to the plants or animals instantly but slowly and gradually causing no additional harm.
- It just tastes better: Now, this might sound very weird, but it is in fact true. According to many research studies, the higher quantity of antioxidants in organic foods just might be the reason why they have better organoleptic properties. Alternatively, in simple words, the taste, aroma, and the general feel of the products are a lot better in organic foods as compared to the inorganic counterparts.
As, it turns out, that organic foods, surely have many benefits over inorganic foods when human consumption is considered. However, the benefits do not stop there; organic farming also provides many environmental benefits. Even though, in comparison to the conventional products the organic products are considerably expensive, they do provide a quality that is somewhat absent in inorganic produces. Are Organic Foods Better? In that sense, organic foods are really better for human consumption as well as the environment.
At Nivshakti Bioenergy Pvt. Ltd,
we provide completely organic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, and every other tool that you may need for organic farming. Even though, organic foods may provide many benefits, without organic farming they would not be possible. We believe in providing quality products and services that ensure complete customer satisfaction. Our target is to include as many plant-incorporated formulations and counteract all agricultural problems. To maximize customer satisfaction by providing cost-effective bioproducts and means of transparent business practices is our only vision.