Are We Eating Food Or Poison?

The fruits and vegetables we buy are most often subject to one chemical treatment or the other for reasons varying from cosmetic necessities to the farming techniques used. The deleterious effects of pesticides and insecticides is a well-known phenomenon. Apart from this, farm produce could also be subject to chemical run-offs from industrial plants, poisoning the streams, rivers and consequently the soil as well. In addition, the innumerable toxic substances we consume in the form of preservatives in packaged food contribute to the list of our direct consumption of chemicals.

Chemicals like mercury can easily find it’s way into fruits and vegetables or seafood like fish. It has been reported to cause harm to the brain and fetal development, leading to tumors, dementia etc apart from causing birth defects. Aluminium, another common toxic element is an often found ingredient in food emulsifiers, tooth paste, baking powder etc. Cumulative accumulation of aluminium may also cause damage to the brain leading to dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The only way to avoid the scares of these intentional and unintentional chemicals is by choosing to go organic! In fact, if you are serious about ridding your body of years of toxicity, a simple diet of organic vegetables and whole grains will do wonders. If you want effective results, avoid any protein or fat intake. Once the detoxification is accomplished, your body will feel rejuvenated and lighter. At this point, you can start a regular diet. But of course, don’t fill your body with any more toxicity!

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What are the Environmental Benefits of Organic Farming?

Organic food refers to any food that is grown without the detrimental interference of synthetic and unnatural methods or materials. The practice of using chemical fertilizers, artificial pesticides, and techniques of farming such as the application of radiation for faster growth gives yield that is not organic in nature. The growing demands of the modern world have lead to farming ethics that cause damage to the land as well as the health of it’s consumers and organic farming works against this.

Let’s consider the benefits of organic farming and it’s produce more closely. It has been observed that organic farming, if used effectively can reduce the cost of production by almost 30%. By doing away with harmful and synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides not only does the farmer avoid unnecessary expenses but also contributes to the health of the soil. Well-nourished soil further leads to higher yields. It has been observed that the sites of organic farming are home to various insects and birds which further help to kill unwanted organisms in the soil, rodents etc. The benefits of organic farming are far-reaching as they create a healthy ecosystem giving rise to a clear environment.

While adhering to organic farming is beneficial, the lack of it poses threat to human health. Organic farming, basically opposing the use of chemicals in it’s approach, is fast growing in it’s popularity amongst the health-conscious. Consuming organic food reduces chances of diseases such as cancer, disorders relating to heart and many more.

Organic Labeling – How To Identify Real Certified Organic Products

If you aren’t able to make it to the organic farm each time to buy your organic stock, the grocery store down the street might still be a good idea, if a few pointers are noted. All food items, whether farm produce or packaged, will contain a list of their ingredients. All organic food is mandatorily labeled as organic by the relevant government body approving their sale. In addition, private organic farmers have their own brand of certification. One common feature is the stamp which clearly certifies it as an organic produce. Look out for these!

Beyond this, it will be useful to keep in mind that there are various levels to which a food may be considered “organic”. The labeling for each of these categories is unique. For example food may be labeled as:

  • 100% Organic – this means that your purchase is absolutely organic and has no unwanted ingredient.
  • Organic – this food contains over 95% of organic products. This does not mean that 5% is toxic. It’s not harmful, but not completely organic either.
  • Made with organic products – this means that the product you are buying has at least 70% or organic ingredients. Note that these food types are not sealed like the other organic produce is.

Below the 70% mark, no produce is marked as organic, nor is it sealed. While you can immediately identify an organic product by locating the seal, the exact extent of its organic nature can only be determined by reading it’s ingredients.

Why Do Organic Foods Cost More?

One factor that keeps most of us away from embracing organic produce is the high price labels on them. On the other hand, remember that organic fruits and vegetables offer a wide range of benefits that conventional food can never achieve- such as its benefits to health, environmental and animal friendliness. It would help to have a quick look at how it works behind the scene to understand the logic behind the pricing.

Organic produce is based on a comparatively smaller demand-supply circle which cannot compete with the widespread market of conventional produce. Even if organic farming is arranged on a relatively large scale it doesn’t fix the amount of time and work it includes. The longer hours of labour per cultivation makes labour costs much higher than that of conventional produce. Further, the diversity among various practices of organic farming means that it is a difficult task to connect various enterprises for a smoother functioning of the process.

The handling of fruits and vegetables post-harvest is another area of major expense. Organic produce have to be mandatorily separate from the conventional produce. As a result of this, the transportation and the processing becomes more specified and exclusive. Considering the smaller volumes of the organic produce, the amount spent on maintenance and transportation works out quite high in margin.

While it may seem that you are spending more by buying organic food, you are saving your body from harmful chemicals and preparing for a healthy life!