Organic food protect health

In the rush to produce more and more crops to satisfy growing demand producers have had to resort to using a lethal cocktail of pesticides. These will, given time, spread to taint not just the farms they were meant for, but neighboring land. As well, these substances often find their way into the water table, contaminating a vast supply of groundwater. Also, pesticides do keep pests from eating up the food before the humans can get to it, but it also leaves residue on and sometimes in our food. Over time, these toxins can endanger our health.

As such the trend is now toward eating organic produce in this health conscious era. It is becoming easier to find organic foods without going to a health food store nowadays, however the difference in cost may cause some of us to think twice about choosing it.

The word "organic" refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products. Organic farming is the oldest form of agriculture. It encourages soil and water conservation and reduces pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce do not use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. The use of conventional non-organic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides is greatly restricted and avoided as a last resort. However, contrary to popular belief, certain non-organic fertilizes are still used. Organic farming strictly limits the use of artificial chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

"Organic" does not mean "natural." Natural foods do not contain additives or preservatives, but they may contain ingredients that have been grown with pesticides or are genetically modified. Natural foods are not regulated and do not meet the same criteria that organic foods do.

There is not enough scientific evidence to claim that organic food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. However, it is belief that organic food contains more nutrients, minerals and vitamins than produce that has been intensively farmed. Eating organic food is one way to reduce consumption of pesticide residues and additives. It is a lot less toxins.

Organic produce costs more for several reasons. In general, organic food costs more than conventional food because of the laborious and time-intensive systems used by the typically smaller organic farms. Historically, organic farms have been relatively small family-run farms — which is why organic food was once only available in small stores or farmers' markets.

One reason why organic is definitely worth the extra is because we know what we are eating. After all, we want to get the best nutritional value we can from the food we put in our body. Also, organic farming is less harmful to the environment, because balance and biodiversity are encouraged. Buying organic products will help to support organic agriculture, which in turn ensures our farms and earth will be here for subsequent generations.


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