The organic revolution is sweeping the world – but before you decide to jump onto the wagon or choose to ignore it, make sure you understand what all this really means. The label ‘organic’ is given to plant food only if it’s free of chemical fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, colourants, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms and ionizing radiation.
Non-vegetarian food can be declared organic only if the animals were fed an organic diet and not given any antibiotics or growth hormones. Read out to know why organic foods are good for you.
Don’t Poison Yourself
The many pesticides used in conventional farming not only kill bugs but also the cells in our body. Research studies have shown that number of key antioxidants are 69% higher in organic crops and crop-based foods when compared to conventionally-grown crops. The study also claims that the level of toxic metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury is 50% less in organically grown crops.
Eat Fresh, Not Frozen
Organic food ripens sooner than preserved and rots in a few days. This is likely to lead you to eat it immediately and not stick it into the refrigerator. When eating organic, you will need to choose local and seasonal – so you end up avoiding frozen food that’s been shipped – so cuts your carbon footprint as well.
Say No to Packaged Food
A fresh, juicy mango is healthier than a chemically concocted ‘mango-flavoured drink’. Remember that unless your fruit juice has real pulp, it cannot be labelled as “juice”. This is why marketeers will call it a ‘drink’ or ‘nectar’. Moreover food packing chemicals are harmful to your health in the long term use.
Keep Chemical Adulteration at Bay
An apple, for instance, has 20-30 poisonous chemicals on its skin even after it has been thoroughly rinsed. Does that mean that peeling an apple solves the problem? The answer is ‘no’ – it may reduce your chemical intake marginally. When fruits and veggies are sprayed with pesticides, the chemicals seep into the cellular level.
Protect The Planet
Large scale commercial mono-cropping (growing the same crop year after year on the same land) has destroyed our biodiversity. It has polluted our water bodies and even wiped out some of our bird species as organic farming keeps persistent and toxic pesticides out of environment. Organic fields absorb carbon dioxide too.