Organic refers to how agricultural products are grown and processed. The word "organic" on the label stands for a commitment to an agriculture that strives for a balance with nature, using methods and materials that are of low impact to the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility. They eliminate the use of toxic and persistent chemical pesticides and fertilisers, and build a biologically diverse agriculture. Organic foods are minimally processed to maintain the integrity of foods without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation. Organic farming is time consuming and often costly but it provides the highest quality foods without the risk to public health or to the environment.
How real is the danger of Pesticides?
For the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it's a major concern. Of the 350 pesticides allowed on food crops, the EPA considers 70 to be possibly or probably cancer causing. In 1987, the agency proclaimed pesticides residues third in terms of cancer risk among the 31 problems under its jurisdiction.
has shown that children are easily harmed by the effects of pesticides than
adults. So, why expose them to these risks?
go the organic way?
When you buy organic vegetables, you are making a choice for better health through natural, wholesome and safe foods.
Starting from the seeds,which are traditionally open-pollinated, and not fungicide-coated as with all conventional seeds, through to the entire planting process, organic fruits and vegetables are produced asnaturallyas possible.
These vegetables are farmed without the use of synthetic chemicals- you avoid potential toxins. Pesticides are quite often applied at the sprouting stage, when the plant is most vulnerable. This means plants grow with pesticides absorbed into their cells. Washing and soaking will remove some topical applications but it is not possible to remove the pesticide inside the plant.
Traces of herbicides applied to kill weeds, are sometimes also found on fringe plants. While they are not applied to the vegetables themselves, minute amounts may be absorbed through the root system and by contact. Herbicides are extremely toxic, labelled as poisons, and farmers have to wear protective boots and clothing when applying them.
Organic farms may occasionally use certain approved bio-degradable, plant-based pesticides ,but definitely avoid herbicides and weedkillers. Due to rain and groundwater contamination, traces of pesticides and herbicides can be detected in all the rivers and lakes of the world and so, even organic produce cannot really be labelled pesticide-free. It is just that synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides are not used in organic farming.
Benefits of eating organic food
Studies have shownorganic produce to have more, fibre mass and nutrient concentrations. This is largely due to the fact that growth is not accelerated with fertilizers for maximum yield and shortest growing time. Accelerated growth organisms, whether they be plants or animals, tend to be weaker and most of the bulk made up of water. Hydrophonic and aerophonic cultivation methods have been likened to "battery" poultry production, where 24-hour growth and yield rate is everything.
In organic farming, the soil is very important and the basis of all composting techniques is to enrich the soil, to make it fertile with all manner of microbial life and nutrients. Plants grown from a fertile, living soil base are healthy and strong and rich inphytonutrients, such as:-
Based on the quality and quantity of nutrition inorganic produce, kilo for kilo compared against conventional produce, you are getting great value for money. This is not counting the social cost of pollution from conventional farming practices which you pay for in increased medical bills and higher insurance premiums due to growing incidences of many diseases.
Post-harvest, organic foods are treated with the same care and concern. Ripening inhibitors and enhancers are totally avoided by responsible organic vendors in keeping with the organic philosophy.
Organic Philosophy with a difference!
When choosing to go organic, it is the philosophy that makes the difference, not the product. Organic farming respects the balance of nature, reduce health risks, conserve water resources and build back the soil. It works in harmony with nature providing quality food choices and preserving our natural resources for the next generation.
Organic consumers should choose to
go organic for a healthier lifestyle and in support of ecologically safe practices for a
better future. Enjoying good health, delicious natural tastes and making the future safe
for your kids takes conscious choice. Choose wisely. (click to shopping cart)
Organic Display or Organic Seal
Processed food containing at least 50% organically produced ingredients by weight (excluding water and salt) can use the word "organic" on principal display panel - but only to describe the organically produced ingredients. Most experts believe that to be called organic, foods should not be waxed, artificially dyed or sprayed with chemicals. Organic animal foods should come from animals raised without antibiotic or hormone treatment and prepared for market without the use of chemicals.
Source: Organic Trade Association, US.
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