In today’s generation, organic food has become popular and in demand. But, how sure are we that organic food are really better than the other usual food we are eating. Well, this guide can help us to know more about organic food.
The term “organic” means not using any chemicals in the production of a certain product. Organic crops usually grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
Here are the differences between organic and non-organic production.
- Apply natural fertilizers such as manure and compost.
- Rotate crops, hand weed or mulch and till in managing weeds.
- Birds, insects and traps are used in controlling pests.
- Apply synthetic or chemical fertilizers.
- Using chemical herbicides to manage weeds.
- Synthetic pesticides are used in controlling pests.
Does organic mean pesticide free? No, but do take note that one of the primary benefits of an organic food is the lower levels of pesticides. However, organic farms do use pesticides, but the difference is that they only use naturally-derived pesticides. After stating its difference, here are the benefits of organic products.
- Organic produce contains fewer pesticides
- Organic food is often fresher
- Organic products last longer because it doesn’t contain any preservatives.
- Organic farming is better for the environment
- Organic farming exercise in reducing pollution, conserving water, reducing soil erosion, increasing soil fertility, and using less energy.
- Organic meat and milk are richer in some nutrients
- According to the results of a 2016 European study, it shows that levels of certain nutrients were up to 50 higher in organic meat and milk than the non-organic.
- Organic food is GMO-free
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) food are plants whose DNA are altered in ways that are not occurred in the traditional crossbreeding, commonly in order to prevent or produce an insecticide.
It is believed that organic food is a lot more expensive than the conventionally-grown food. But if we set priorities, purchasing organic food is possible while maintaining your food budget. Listed below are ways to keep the cost of organic food within your budget.
- Shop at farmer’s markets
- There are cities hosting a weekly farmers’ market, where farmers sell their produce products.
- Buy in season
- When it is the season of a certain fruit or vegetable, it is the time where they are cheapest.
- Shop around
- Go around the market and look for the cheapest organic item but make sure that its quality is good.
- Join a food co-op
- A cooperative grocery offers lower prices than the usual markets.
Sources: Help Guide. Organic Foods: What You Need to Know. Retrieved from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm.