The consumer today has become highly conscious of the food he purchases. His shopping cart is often loaded with products that are labelled as organic, natural, synthetic free etc.etc. People are moving towards buying more “organic” products as they wish to consume pesticide-free food, support the organic food industry and the environment; lastly they believe that the organic foods are nutrient rich. But do you know what exactly this “Organic Food” rage is all about? Are Organic Foods Really Safe? Well, numerous blogs and thesis are floating over the internet, some in support and some against the Organic Food Fiesta. We are not here to make any conclusions for you, but instead, present all the factors and leave it up to you to decide the truth!
What does the term Organic really mean?
Organic foods are defined as the products that are grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers, sludge, irradiation, GMOs, or drugs. Pesticides when used in large amounts have been found to cause life-threatening diseases and illnesses. However, organically grown foods do not necessarily mean toxin-free. Because plants produce their natural toxins and these toxins contaminate the organic products too. The naturally occurring pesticides, such as sulphur, and copper, are also found in the organically grown foods.
When taking the animals into consideration, the organically raised poultry is given organic feed and kept free from deadly growth hormones and antibiotics, as well as treated humanely and provided better areas to roam when compared to their non-organic counterparts.
Natural Food is not organic:
Surprise! Surprise! Yes. This is true. Natural food is often confused with organic food. Natural food refers to minimally processed foods – free of synthetic preservatives, or any artificial sweetener, flavours, and stabilisers. These foods can be prepared through conventional means but are preserved with minimal artificial techniques. On the other hand, organic foods are prepared, processed, and kept in a natural environment.
Organic vs. Conventional Food:
237 research studies were analysed, and the data from this analysis did not report much of a significant difference between organically grown and conventionally grown food. Though the study pointed out, that organic produce had 30% lower risk of pesticide infestation, but it was not necessarily 100% pure and pesticide free. Moreover, the researchers stated that all the level of pesticides in the conventional food fell within the allowable safety limits recommended by the government. Organic Foods too had a certain amount of natural pesticide in them.
Thus, the experts drew a conclusion that irrespective of what you choose, the best way to protect yourself is to thoroughly rinse all the fruits and veggies, wash the fruits with inedible skins because the rinds of fruits like melons and cantaloupes with a knife could bring contaminants from the skin into the produce.