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Posted on July 9, 2019 | No Comments on Organic Foods

Organic foods are made according to certain production standards set by a country. For example, in the United States, the National Organic Program, which is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of the definition of organic in the United States and does organic certification.

In general, organic foods are defined as foods grown without the use of fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. If livestock are involved, they must be reared without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones and generally fed a healthy diet. In most countries, organic produce may not be genetically modified.

Processed organic foods usually contain only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food’s total plant and animal ingredients must be organic (95 percent in the United States and Australia) and any non-organically produced ingredients are subject to various agricultural requirements.

Organic claimed foods must be free of artificial food additives, and processed with fewer artificial methods, materials, and conditions, such as ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients. Food processing may use energy-saving technologies and packaged using recyclable or biodegradable materials when possible.

Are organic foods better than conventional foods?
Despite a growing demand for organically produced food, there is a lack of information on differences in their nutrient quality. A recent systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in over the last 50 years on the nutritional quality of organic foods versus conventionally produced foodstuffs was conducted in London, United Kingdom and supported by the UK Food Standards Agency. The researchers found that conventionally produced crops had a significantly higher content of nitrogen, and organically produced crops had a significantly higher content of phosphorous. Aside from the above nutrients, no evidence of a difference was detected. In terms of livestock products, there was no evidence found of a difference in nutrient content between organically and conventionally produced livestock products.

The study found no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs. The small differences in nutrient detected are biologically plausible and mostly related to differences in production methods.

What benefits can we get from organic foodstuffs?

  1. Organic farms do not consume or release synthetic pesticides into the environment which can harm terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
  2. Going organic has never been more essential to safeguard our health.
  3. Organic farms use less energy and produce less waste.
  4. Organic farms are better at sustaining diverse ecosystems.
  5. Organic produce may simply taste so much better.
  6. Organic farms support and nurture our beautiful and diverse wildlife.

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