An Introduction to Organic Food

14 Nov

In recent years organic foods have become very popular, demonstrating the interest of many people for positive change in food and also the distrust about the safety of conventional food. If there is no use of fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides in any stage of production or in the soil where they are grown, then these foods and vegetables are considered “organic”.

For some, the word “organic” means nutritious. For others organic food means cleaner and safer ones. There are some people who believe “organic” are those foods produced without causing pollution or harming the air, land and water.

Actually the positive characteristics that are attributed to organic products are difficult to establish as there is no general regulation. For example, milk only be considered organic if  the cow is fed 100% grains that have not been genetically modified and  the cow cannot any antibiotics or hormones.

It is very difficult to produce foods that are totally free of pesticides because they remain in the soil for long periods of time and a very little amount of pesticides can contaminate the soil. Few places in the world have specific definitions for the term “organic”. In most countries there are no laws governing the use of organic food. Because of this absence of laws and regulations, no one can say that the food which is sold as organic is really 100% free from pesticides, chemicals and preservatives.

The U.S. federal government is underway to enact a law. This would define organic products in four categories:

“100% organic” products with 100% organic ingredients.
“Organic”: for products with 95% of organic ingredients.
“Made with organic products”: for products made ​​between 50 and 95% organic ingredients.
“Products with less than 50%” organic ingredients. This must be specified in each ingredient that is organic.

This should be an example that should be taken into account so that the situation is more clear and the consumer to know what kind of product you choose.

From the nutritional standpoint, organic food is much better in terms of  taste, safety and nutritional value than the conventional foods. From the economic standpoint its value is much higher, approximately between 20% and 100%. From a legal standpoint, an organic product is one that is certified by a competent authority.

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