Why choose organic?
Organic – it has been a buzz word for at least a decade, with a definition of ‘produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals’. So, whether it’s organic coconut water, organic beef or organic tomatoes, the emphasis is on produce being as near as possible to being as nature intended.
But with a noticeably higher price point than ‘non-organic produce’, is it truly worth paying the extra to ‘go organic’?
It’s a common misconception that organic foods contain a zero level of pesticides and chemicals. However, it is true to say that the levels are significantly lower than that of conventional foods, but interestingly, both organic and non-organic food types often contain less than the recommended amounts. What is also in debate is whether the addition of chemicals and pesticides are harmful in any way to the human body. But in a world where we strive more and more to do the best for ourselves and family in terms of health and well-being, choosing organic is never going to be a ‘poor choice’ to make. What it is, is potentially the best investment in your family’s health that is available to you when it comes to food in current times.
And there is little debate when it comes to food such as fruit, vegetables and meat that there is a noticeable difference in taste. This is often a result of organic farming not being a mass commercial concern, meaning that there is a need to sell the food as quickly as possible in terms of making money, not letting product deteriorate, as well as providing the quality that a higher price demands. This means that even without the concerns over pesticides, people are often keen to choose organic on taste alone.
In order to give meat an organic classification, the animals must be fed on organic materials, not be given anything to enhance their rate of growth and not be given anti-biotics. The subject of anti-biotics is especially important in the current climate where doctors are actively discouraging over
use in order to protect their efficiency. Anti-biotics remain the best medicine we have in terms of fighting bacterial infection and with no alternative currently available, it is a critical issue.
Protecting the environment
As much as buying organic is often seen as a way of protecting our bodies from harmful chemicals, there is also a compelling argument for its positive environmental impact also. Organic food production is believed to ensure that soil and water are less polluted, animals and wildlife are not absorbing toxins, there is less environmental footprint, there is a contribution towards reducing global warming and a reduction in erosion. With more traditional farming methods looking to protect the world around us, choosing organic can be seen as an investment in the lives of our future generations.