Promoting Organic Food
What is Organic Food?
Organic food is food produced by methods complying with the standards of organic farming. The most commonly purchased organic foods are fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Nowadays there are also many processed organic products available, such as sodas, cookies and breakfast cereals. Organic foods are produced through farming practices that only use natural substances.
Why Organic Foods?
Organic foods are locally grown and pose very minimal interference to the environmental resources that support healthy living. Since harmful chemicals are forbidden in organic farming, there is minimum water, air, and soil pollution therefore ensuring a healthier and safer environment. Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic farming practices may reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without synthetic pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.
Organic Foods and Children
Organic food is a healthy choice for all of us but especially for kids. Infants and children are particularly vulnerable to chemicals, in part because their immune systems are still developing and in part because, pound for pound, they’re exposed to more chemical residues than adults. Hence, parents should provide them with organic foods. Also, they should make supplement arrangements for children to get right amount of nutrition.
Organic Foods and Pregnancy
Several other studies have shown that pregnant women who ate organic foods reported reduced incidence of preeclampsia compared with those who did not consume organic foods. Organic food consumption was also associated with a healthier pre-pregnancy BMI and lower incidence of gestational diabetes.
Organic Foods and Immune System
By eating organic foods, the risks of decline in immune system strength are significantly reduced because organic foods are not altered at all. Furthermore, organic foods have quality and higher vitamin and mineral contents that help to strengthen the human immune system.
Organic Foods and Diabetes
Eating organically grown food is especially important for people with diabetes who likely have a compromised immune system. The pesticides used to grow conventional food may increase the risk of diabetes. A recent study showed that five different pesticides were associated with provoking diabetes. Consuming organic food can reduce diabetic problems.
5 Benefits of Eating Organic Food
- GMO foods are everywhere. GMO (genetically modified organisms) have been linked to infertility, allergies, intestinal damage, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. Unfortunately, avoiding GMO food is next to impossible until you start consuming organic food.
- Pesticide free organic food. Studies have indicated that GMO fruits and vegetables are treated with pesticides that in return produce pesticides within them, hence the genetically modified foods we eat, have pesticides, both in them and on them, which may cause further complications and threats to your body.
- Organic food contains more nutrients. Organic foods are better for your health overall. Research indicates that organic fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, iron, chromium, and magnesium..
- Organic food is good for you and the environment. The pesticides used in non-organic production run off with water and pollute our water too. This is bad for water life and bad for us who drink the water or use it on our crops.
- Organic tastes so good. Since it is not genetically modified, or covered up with pesticides, organic produce has a richer and better overall taste and is much more gratifying.