In the health conscious world, it seems as if everyone is eating a targeted diet these days. There are people who shop specifically for gluten-free foods; there are those who will only buy products guaranteed non-GMO; there are superfood junkies; and there are powerhouse packers who consume supplemental compounds to improve muscle mass. In all the diverse of eating systems, there is one category that is growing in popularity: eating organic.
This isn’t surprising as organic food has become more affordable and accessible than ever. If you’re still considering it, here are some of the benefits of eating organic:
Organic food is sustainably grown without the addition of chemically produced fertilisers, pesticides, or herbicides. In livestock production, prophylactic drugs are banned (a very common practice in conventionally farmed meat products) and humane care is of paramount importance. In all cases, no genetically modified plant or animal enters the production chain. From this thumbnail description of organic farming practice, you may already have a clue as to at least some of the benefits of eating organic.
One of the most obvious advantages of eating organic foods is clean food, because of the absence of poisonous chemicals. In conventionally farmed plants, especially ones with a high water content such as lettuce and strawberries, high levels of pesticide and herbicide residue are found when tested.
Washing off veggies and fruits does not always have the desired result, as the applied chemicals seep through the entire piece of produce. This translates to animal meat and products such as eggs, milk, and cheese, as well. Secondly, your taste buds will reawaken.
Organic farmers, especially smaller ones, tend to grow and raise heirloom varieties. Heirloom produce, grain products, and meats taste better than conventional factory farmed foods. Heirloom plants are grown from open-pollinated seeds.
Savvy farmers save the following generation of seeds for sowing in future plantings. Over generations, the plants and their seeds will adapt to the soil and climate in which they are grown, producing stronger, healthier plants able to withstand local conditions. This adaptive behaviour will possibly save the farmer's crops in times of adverse weather.
Organic foods are healthier for you than their conventional counterparts. For years this was a hotly disputed point, but research has begun to show the truth behind the claim. Take tomatoes for example. Organically grown tomatoes are richer in Lycopene, vitamin C, and other health-benefiting compounds than conventional ones, due to their longer, slower, and more adaptive growing process.
Organic standards preclude the use of genetically modified seed, plants, or animals. Buying certified organic foods gives you a built-in guarantee that your sweet corn will not contain salmon genes.
Supplements produced with organically grown foods also present a clear boon to the consumer. If we are consuming supplements with the intention of improving our health, then why would we ingest ones probably tainted with chemicals?
As you can see, you get a great deal by eating organic foods. There is a general feeling amongst the uninformed that organic foods are expensive and only for the wealthy.
This is a sadly cynical viewpoint. Eating foods that taste better and are more healthful will keep the consumer healthier and away from far more expensive pharmaceuticals. Better tasting natural foods may also help the consumer to eat less of the junk food so prevalent on the market, adding to the health benefits.
The earth also benefits from organic farming practices. Originated to sustain the soil, organic farming has subtracted out the chemicals that poison not just humans, but the land, water, and all other life forms.
To sum up, yes, organic food is more expensive than conventionally grown food, but we feel the benefits to improving our overall lives far outweigh the immediate costs.
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