Recently, many questions have been raised such as: Is organic food really the best for our health? Do pesticides and GMOs cause diseases? Here, we are trying to help you make better choices. A commitment to healthy eating is considered a step towards a healthier life.
It is not only about eating more fruits, vegetables, good fats and whole grains, but also about the food safety; the way foods are raised or grown can affect your health as well as the environment. First, you need to know that there are certain requirements for the products to be labeled “organic”.
A safe soil is required for growing organic crops with no modifications, synthetic pesticides, GMOs, sewage sludge-based fertilizers or petroleum-based fertilizers. Organic livestock must be given organic feed, also antibiotics and growth hormones are not allowed.
As a matter of fact, organic foods have various benefits; some studies reveal that they contain beneficial nutrients more than their conventional counterparts. Furthermore, people with allergies to preservatives or chemicals usually find their symptoms are much less or even disappear when they maintain eating organic foods.
Residues of pesticides and chemicals- widely used in conventional agriculture- remain in the food we eat, and this is not the case with organic foods, which makes it much better.
Organic food is also fresher because it does not have the preservatives making it last longer; that is why it is often produced in small farms close to where it is sold. Organic farming reduces pollution, reduces soil erosion, uses less energy, increases soil fertility and conserves water.
Lack of pesticides is not only good for humans but also for nearby animals and birds. The use of antibiotics in conventionally raised animals helps create antibiotic resistant bacteria, which makes organic meat much safer because antibiotics use is not allowed.