Why Choose Organic ?
Before we get down to the benefits of eating organic food, let’s first begin with understanding what organic food actually is. The term “organic” refers to the process of how certain foods are farmed. In layman terms, organic food is the food produced without the use of any artificial chemicals, hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified organisms.
How is organic food produced then, you ask? Organic crops make use of natural fertilisers to improve the growth of plants and keep pests at bay.Organic farming not only improves the quality of the soil but also helps in preservation of groundwater. It also curbs pollution and is better for the environment.Now that we understand the basic premise of organic food, let’s talk about the advantages of eating organic food.For starters, several studies have revealed that organic food is more nutritious than non-organic food. Organic foods generally contain higher levels of antioxidants and certain micronutrients, such as vitamin C, zinc and iron.
A 2014 study led by Prof Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, concludes that there are statistically significant, meaningful differences, with a range of antioxidants being substantially higher – between 19% and 69% – in organic food. Organic plants do not depend upon chemical pesticide sprays to protect themselves. Instead, they produce more of their own protective compounds, namely antioxidants.Moreover, a sub-study (of about 54,000 adults) of the French-Belgium Nutrienet-Sainté cohort reported that regular consumers of organic food had a substantially lower risk of being overweight or obese.
Benefits of Organic
Unlike conventional farming, organic food grows more slowly in the absence of instant nutrition.
Unlike conventional farming that makes use of potent pesticides and chemicals, and gets the job done faster, organic farming involves more effort on the part of the farmer and is hence, more labor intensive.
Instead of using chemical weed-killers, organic farmers conduct sophisticated crop rotations to keep their soil healthy and prevent weed growth.
The final produce that the farmer receives through organic farming is comparatively low in comparison to the produce grown by adopting in-organic assistance.
A majority of organic farms are smaller than their conventional counterparts.
The issue of supply and demand. Even though organic foods are getting more and more popular every year, organic food sales are nowhere near conventional food sales.