Is organic food worth the price difference? Don’t regular blueberries have all the same nutrients as organic blueberries? There are many questions surrounding organic food, and in this article, we will help to explain its benefits.

The term organic refers to how food is grown or processed. Organic farming is good for the environment as it reduces pollution while conserving water and soil. The farmers don’t use standard chemicals to fertilize and prevent disease. Instead, they invest in alternative, natural methods to protect their crops.

Organic farming uses natural fertilizers like manure instead of chemical fertilizers.  Instead of spraying pesticides, farmers have traps and disrupt mating patterns to reduce pets. For management of weeds, crops are rotated as opposed to herbicides. Animals are not given antibiotics or growth hormones, but rather cared for very well to prevent disease. The animals are provided a clean habitat and access to roam outdoors. All feed given to the animals is organic as well.

Organic foods will carry the USDA seal of approval. If they are labeled” 100% organic”, they are made completely of organic ingredients. When the food is 95% organic, it is termed “organic”. If the product’s label says it is “made with organic ingredients” then at least 70% of the product is organic. Some food companies will market their products as “all-natural” or “hormone-free”. However, these labels do not mean it has been certified organic.

There is no evidence citing organic food is more nutritious. In general, organic food will be quicker to spoil and have less of a perfect appearance because it is not grown with additives. Non organic fruits and vegetables may have pesticides on them. However, professionals agree these pose little of a health risk. Some people say there is a difference in taste between organic and non organic, but this is a subjective opinion.

Organic food costs more money. The prices are due to more expensive farming practices, lower crop yields, and government regulations. Organic farming is labor intensive because they use tools much more than chemicals to manage their crops. A consumer is going to pay much more for a product that was grown in a hand weeded field than one that was treated with chemicals.

We have hoped to provide some clarification on the difference between organic food and standard food. If you have additional questions about food or cooking, visit today. 

Joseph Devine

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