Organic food is a market that has seen its ups and downs, but for the last few years, sales have steadily increased. With many new organic products on the market, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. In this article, we’re going to take a look at 5 reasons why you should eat more organic food, and use them as inspiration for your next shopping trip!
But first – what is organic food? – Organic food is conventional food that is produced using techniques that support the health of the soil, farming communities, and the environment. Organic dairy comes from animals that are raised without hormone boosters or antibiotics. Organic produce is grown without most conventional pesticides and fertilizers
The production of organic food is dominated by small to medium-sized producers. Although organics make up only 3 percent of total food sales worldwide, it represents 70 percent of the consumer demand for those products. Sales of organic products surpassed $31 billion in 2008. It increases the demand for organic products by 23% from 2002 to 2006. In 2010, three-quarters of consumers were aware of the “organic” label in the U.S market, and half were willing to pay more for organics. So what makes organic food the new trend? Let’s look at 5 reasons why –
- The Health benefits of organic food are important. Organic food is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or herbicides, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or growth stimulants. Therefore, the food that you are eating is naturally processed.
- Organic foods have an abundance of antioxidants that boosts the immune system and prevent diseases such as heart diseases, cancer etc just to name a few. Antioxidants prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals and help strengthen cells that have already been damaged. Organic food is also often fresher, staying fresh longer in markets that sell more of it.
- Organic food tastes better – Organic agriculture makes for better tasting and more nutritious food. Organic farmers apply 100% natural fertilizers, they don’t need artificial herbicides or pesticides. Organic food is also often fresher, staying fresh longer in markets that sell more of it. And, they don’t use genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
- Organic farming is done in soil that is healthy – Organic production creates better soil because farmers apply compost and manure and do not till the soil. Organically farmed soil helps build up the number of organic micro-organisms which help to regulate many natural processes in the soil. The produce, therefore, yields more nutritious fruits and vegetables which are beneficial for your long term health as well as for the long term health of the environment
- Organic produce is grown without synthetic chemicals, which can damage the ozone layer and contribute to climate change. Therefore, organic food helps reduce the impacts of climate change and creates a healthier, more nutritious meal for you and your family.
The more organic food we grow, the healthier our entire ecosystem will be! Therefore it’s a whole new relationship between people and nature. When implemented on a wide scale these principles can have powerful positive impacts on our health as well as our lives!