Organic - What's all the fuss about?

Organic, it's a word that we hear a lot about all over newspapers, magazines and in stores. But what does it actually mean? 

The actual definition given from is:

'Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionising radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.'

To put it in simple terms, it is food that is grown in a clean and natural environment without any synthetic substances to enable it to grow. 

What is the difference between Organic and Conventionally grown?

So instead of being fertilised with chemicals, the soil is fertilised by natural manure or compost. This is a great way to ensure that everything we consume into our bodies isn't harmful in any way. 

Another difference between organic and conventionally grown, is how they deal with the weeds which emerge in between the crops and pests which can come and eat the crops. There is a chemical which can be sprayed to kill weeds and warn away any pests, this will then be absorbed by the crops and, although it is not harmful to humans, we will still consume it. 
However, if the weeds are killed through an organic method, then there is a choice of weeding by hand or rotating the crops. Pests will be controlled by the use of birds and insect traps, if pesticides are necessary, then only natural based versions will be chosen.

Which foods are best bought organically?

There are a number of fruit and vegetables which are recommended to the public as eating organically:

  • Apples
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Peppers

When it comes to meat, non-organically grown can mean that the animals may have been fed antibiotics or hormones. Whilst these additional substances does not actually change the nutritional values of the meat, but if you consume the meat that contains hormones, it can lead to increased chances of cancers, thyroid diabetes, obesity, diabetes, endometriosis, allergies etc. 
On the other hand, if you eat organic meat you know that the animals have been fed 100% natural foods and everything they eat has been grown in soil free from pesticides and any chemicals. 

What are the benefits of eating organic?

There has been a number of reports which have stated that the organic food has antioxidant properties. However, this could be due to the fact that the additional chemicals and contaminants are not added into the foods. 

There is also an argument that because there are not preservatives added to the food to make it last longer, organic food is often fresher than non organic food. There is also a few studies which have found that organic meat and milk has an increase in certain nutrients

Farming organically is also better for the environment. Because of the natural ways in which organic farmers grown their crops, there is a decrease in the amount of pollution which is in the air, it increases the fertility of the soil and they use less energy. 

Organic food is also free from GMO. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms meaning that the DNA of the plants has not been modified in any way and is completely natural. 

What is the risk of consuming the pesticides?

Most people have consumed food which is ladened with chemicals and pesticides over the years. But what is the risk?

Children and babies are at risk of having developmental issues if they are given exposed foods from an early age. This is because if it gets inside their body and attacks their immune systems and brain development leading to behavioural disorders, autism and motor dysfunction. 

The term 'Superbug' is one which is thrown around in the news all of the time recently. This term is usually caused from pesticides which have been sprayed on the crops and consumed on a global scale and it can only be cured by spraying extremely toxic poisons such as Dichlorophenoxyacetic. 

There has also been some studies which have found that, even a low dose of pesticide, can increase the risk of some cancers. However, in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, the amount of chemical residue that they allow on their crops is so low it is considered to be low risk. 

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