People who decide to shift to organic food usually do that because they think the food that is organically produced tastes better and/or they believe that it is safer and more nutritious They also feel that animals are treated more humanely and that it affects our environment less. However, some of these assumptions are wrong and are in fact incorrect.
Despite this, the sales of organic food are growing every year. It is believed that the growth in sales is the result of the raise of consumers’ awareness about the use of pesticides as well as the way food is produced and the long journey it needs to make until it finally gets to its consumers.
We decided to create this guide and offer pro and con arguments in order to help you with buying organic food.
- Organic food is better for our environment; moreover on farms where such food is produced one can find a great variety of plants and herbs as well as animals.
- Unlike non-organic food, organic products do not contain trans fats. Trans fats have been brought into connection with various heart diseases which means that your decision to become an organic food consumer would be good for your heart.
- If animal welfare is what bothers you, choosing organic food is an excellent idea. Organic husbandry implies that animals are fed natural provender as well as that they move freely around the farm instead being locked up in miniature boxes.
- Genetically modified crops are not in accordance with organic standards.
- The level of pesticides in organic food is much lower due to the fact that only a small number of chemicals are allowed to be used in production. However, it has to be pointed out that food containing a smaller amount of pesticides can be produced by standard, non-organic ways of production.
Why not buy organic food
- Organic food spoils faster since it does not contain artificial preservatives and is not irradiated.
- Organic food is more expensive that non-organic food.
- Many think that in organic food production chemicals are not allowed. Despite common belief, a limited number of chemicals are allowed even in organic food farming.
- Various types of research carried out in England, France and Sweden have shown that organic food is neither healthier, nor more nutritive than non-organic food.
Buying organic food
Before considering shifting to organic food, you should balance your diet. You should consume more fruit and vegetables as well as food that contains plenty of starch (e.g. bread, rice, pasta, muesli and potato). You should have at least two meals consisting of proteins and two low-fat meals. By keeping such a diet, the amount of fat and sugar that you take in would be effectively decreased.
After balancing your diet, try to include organic food in it.
- Eat organic spinach, lettuce, cabbage and potatoes since they have a higher level of vitamin C, magnesium, iron and phosphor than their non-organic equivalents.
- Make soup from organic vegetables. Research has shown that soups prepared of organic vegetables contain up to six times more salicylic acid than the ones made of non-organic vegetables. Salicylic acid plays an important role in fighting bowel cancer as well as atherosclerosis.
- Eat organic apples. Some non-organic apples are sprayed even up to 16 times with 36 different pesticides – these pesticides are almost impossible to remove from the fruit and vegetables, no matter how carefully you rinse them.
- Buy organic meat. Animals are being treated much more humanely through this kind of husbandry.
The rise of organic food sales
It is expected that the sales of organic food will continue to rise in the near future. Regardless whether you decide to shift to applying organic food in your diet or not, the importance of a balanced diet has to be kept in mind. In order to keep a healthy diet it is important to consume enough various comestibles belonging to all five major food groups, whether they are organic or not.