Why Are Many People Choosing Organic Foods
The government is imposing strict rules to certify foods that claim to be organic. It has to be grown without the use of pesticides and particular chemicals. Is this type of food better and healthier?
Because of the increasing demand, most grocery stores now have a section specific for organic products. People choose organic for several reasons including product safety and to join the movement towards having an organic diet.
What are Organic Foods?
Organic foods are grown using natural methods, so there are no chemicals employed making the produce healthy for consumers and better for the environment. The plant foods and animal meat originate from a farm that does not use pesticides or chemicals but natural methods in growing and controlling pests and diseases. Listed below are some organic practices that the farmers employ:
Crop rotation to avert insects
Using animal manure or compost to fertilize the crops
Using soils without added chemicals
Letting the animals roam in the field instead of keeping them in cages to avoid the spread of diseases
Feeding the animals with organic feeds
Not using hormones and antibiotics on the livestock
The Benefits of Eating Organic Foods
Going on an organic diet is a personal choice. Some people simply want to eat foods without having to worry about pesticide and chemical residues. Others have special health needs that demand eating organic foods.
Organic foods also taste so much better according to many. In addition, studies show that they contain antioxidants that help fight diseases.
For many people going organic means helping to save mother earth. Growing organic produce follows green farming practices that can help sustain the earth’s land and water.
Many health adults though do not consider organic foods as necessary to be healthy. But for pregnant women and children, eating organic produce seems to be good health decision, since they are more prone to have health problems, such as nervous system and behavior issues, as a result of ingesting pesticides.
How Do You Know Which is Really Organic?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture implements strict standards before certifying foods as 100% organic. The certified organic products are labeled with the “USDA organic” seal. When products bear the label “natural” or “hormone-free,” they may not be really organic.
When buying at the local farmer’s market, it can be more difficult to tell whether the produce was grown organically. Nevertheless, local produce may indeed be grown without using chemicals since the products are not meant to be packaged for selling in distant places.
The Price of Going Organic
Organic foods are more expensive to produce, so it is more costly to go on an organic diet. However, if you feel that it helps you to be healthier, then it is worth the price.
If you want to go organic, here are a few money saving tips. Generic store brands of organic produce are cheaper than other known brands. Buying in bulk at a wholesale price can help you save a little more. Just freeze the extra produce for later use.
What’s good about knowing that you are paying more for your food is that you pay more attention to the amount of food you are eating. It helps you to savor and appreciate all the more the food you have during meal times. You can enjoy its quality taste and be happy that your organic diet is also helping the environment.
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