All about Organic food

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In recent times people are going crazy over trying to get organic food, without understanding what all the hype is about. Also, there are many questions regarding it that no one seems to bother, just labelling the food ‘organic’ is not enough, there are certain criteria that have to be met and qualities that have to be maintained.

What is ‘Organic’ really?

The term “organic” means the method by which farm products are grown and processed. Organic produce must be grown in safe soil, should not have been modified, and must be separated from conventional products. The farmers are not allowed to use artificial pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, bioengineered genes (GMOs) and sludge-based fertilizers.

Also, organic does not mean just crops, livestock can also be organic. They must be allowed to go outside their confinement area and given organic food. They should be free from growth hormones, antibiotics or any other animal-by-products.

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Credit: Creative Commons/Elina Mark

Benefits of Organic Food

  • Less Pesticides
    Organic food contains fewer amounts of harmful pesticides and insecticides. Pesticides are chemicals such as herbicides and fungicides, which may pose problematic in the long run.
  • Freshness intact
    As they do not contain preservatives to make them last longer, there is a chance that organic food is fresher, and they are usually sold in the area in which they are grown.
  • Tastes better
    Foodstuffs that have not been tampered with taste better and are more nutritious. They are also very good for babies and pregnant ladies.
  • Better for the environment
    Organic food is better for the environment as they cause less pollution, is safe for the birds and animals in the region and also helps to improve the fertility of the soil.

 

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