What is Organic Food Usually Free From?
- Synthetic pesticides
- Chemical fertilizers
- Food irradiation
- Food additives
- Industrial solvents
- Chemical ripening
- Genetic modification
- Growth and other hormones
- Veterinary Drugs
- Possibly uses less energy to produce
- Less toxins in our rivers and oceans
Is it any wonder that the organic food market is growing at a rapid pace worldwide. With 20% growth a year since the 90’s and predictions it will continue to grow at 10-50% a year depending on the country concerned.
What Are Organic Foods? Or What Is Organic Food Made From?
Just about any food can be grown or raised organically and their are many online stores, markets, health food shops and supermarkets that sell it. Look to the right to see the ones in your local area that deliver organic fruit and vegetables
- Grains like rice and wheat
- Beans and lentils
- Meat, Chicken, Lamb, Pork etc
- Cows to produce Cheese, yoghurt, butter etc
- even Sugar (remember the recommendations are no more then 4 teaspoons a day and a can of softdrink has around 10)
In Australia (Canada and the US) processed organic food such as breads, pasta’s, baked goods, health bars etc must contain at least 95% organic ingredients. Any of the ingredients that are not organic must meet various agricultural requirements.
In the past organic farming was policed by the people buying the food who could inspect the farms directly. These days each country sets it’s own standards for organic farming. In Australia for a food to be certified organic there are two standards.
Why Do We have All These Chemicals In Our Food Production?
Good Question? For many centuries food was produced organically becasue that was the only way. It was in the 20th century that some bright spark (will need to do more research to see how this came about, maybe as a way to sell chemical waste products rather then have to pay to dispose of them, aka fluoride) decided it might be a great idea to introduce new synthetic chemicals into food production. So “organic farming” began to arise as a term to describe farming that was closer in nature to what it always had been.
[news]A study in 2007 looked at 293 comparisons between organic and non organic farming and stated
“…organic methods could produce enough food on a global per capita basis to sustain the current human population, and potentially an even larger population, without increasing the agricultural land base.”
Source: Perfecto et al., in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems (2007), 22: 86–108 Cambridge University Press: cited in New Scientist 13:46 12 July 2007 [/news]
Scientific Debate On Organic Foods
Like most things in the world of Nutrition there will always be a scientific debate. Apparently the body of literature as it stands indicates no difference between organic and non organic foods with respect to taste, nutrients and safety (which just means bugs that give you food poisoning). They seem surprised that the public demand for organic foods is growing so rapidly and that maybe we are not making an informed decision. If the only reason you are eating organic food is due to taste, more nutrients and less food poisoning then maybe there is no reason for you to be spending more. I believe people are eating organic food becasue of all the things listed at the beginning of this post, and because they do not want to be part of the huge chemical experiment.
The reality is that we do not know the long term effects of these chemicals that have been manufactured in a laboratory and are not natural to our bodies. We do not know the long term effects of food irradiation or genetic modification. I can assure you that some of the children I worked with who eliminated various chemicals from their diet had a huge change in personality. Genetic modification has all kinds of dangers for allergy sufferers. What about the millions of people who died from trans fats consumption becasue it took 40 years or so from the 1st negative research for it to be accepted it was bad? It can take a long time for scientific research to catch up with what common sense has told us all along.
It can never be a good idea to manufacture a chemical in a laboratory which has never been ingested by a human and then suggest it is fine to consume it. Take margarine, made from oil heated to a high temperature that changed the chemical composition of it and made it into a chemical no human had ever consumed. We were then told it was a good idea to use it instead of butter. This went on for a 100 years until research proved it was killing people. Research can be good and it can be bad. So use your common sense, look at history and make up your own mind on what you want to consume knowing how it may effect you and the rest of us in this world.
What Is Organic Food Able To Do For You and Your Family?
- Protect you from a great chemical, and genetic experiment
- Maybe give you more nutrients depending on the soil on the farms you buy from
- Reduce the chemical load on our soil, oceans and bodies
- Possibly help children and teenagers with behavioral problems (see a doctor or dietitian who specialises in this to get the right kind of overall meal plan)