Simply said, organic food is grown without use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
Why does organic cost more?
- Organic farmers do not use subsidized fertilizers to increase their yield.
- Organic farming is more labour and management intensive.
- Organic farms are usually smaller than conventional farms and do not get benefit from the economies of scale that large growers get. Keep in mind – as demand grows, the cost will come down!
- Last but not the least, price of conventional food does not reflect the cost of environmental destruction and fall in collective health of people consuming the low quality yield.
Biggest advantages of organic food include:
- Nutrient-denser food – more nutritional superiority than non-organic counterparts
- Stronger, more energetic body – no pesticides, chemicals or processed additives bogging down your system
- Tastes better – true, after just a short time of your body experiencing truly healthy food, you’ll be craving it. And all the junk will start having a bad after-taste
- It’s cheaper – you will actually save money – prevent major and minor illnesses, meaning lower healthcare costs and less likelihood of missing work. And now that you know organic means more nutrients, your brain won’t tell you to keep eating like it does with junk food.
- Safe from dangerous pesticides and chemicals – that are known to cause different types of cancers, Parkinson’s disease, depression. Just to name a few!
- Peace of mind – knowing that buying organic food can help you enjoy what you eat for all the reasons outlined above!
These are advantages for your health and well-being. However, you will be doing a favour to your community and environment by consuming organic food.
- Farmers are at the core of organic farming. They thrive as they get better returns for their yield.
- Plants, and animals stay healthy, as there is no contact with harmful chemicals.
- Water – most valuable resource is not contaminated as there are no chemical pollutants
- Organic farming means natural farming – so no topsoil erosion, pollution, nutrient-depletion or scarred landmarks.
Organic food – previously known as food
before the manufacturing practices took over the world, our earth.