Organic or Not?

5 Jan

organic foods

Organic food is food that is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods on organic farms in a way that limits the use of synthetic materials during production.  Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.

There is a common misconception that Organic and Natural Food are same. Although all the organic foods are natural but not all the natural foods are organic. “Natural” applies broadly to foods that are minimally processed and free of synthetic preservatives; artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors and other artificial additives; grow hormones; antibiotics; -hydrogenated oils; stabilizers; and emulsifiers. “Organic’ refers not only to the food itself, but also to the production process. Foods labeled organic must be certified under the National Organic Program (NOP). Organic food is food which has been produced to standards designed to keep the production more ‘natural’.

Organic food has become very popular. But navigating the maze of organic food labels, benefits, and claims can be confusing. Organic crops must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications, and must remain separate from conventional products. Foods that have been produced and processed without the use of commercial chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides or synthetic substances that enhance color or flavor.

Organic farmers aren’t allowed to plant GMO seeds. But most conventional corn in America is genetically modified, and among all grains, corn is perhaps the most promiscuous cross-pollinator, so its genes often migrate into organic fields via windblown pollen that lands on the tassels of organic corn. That why a lot of people, film stars, yoga fitness trainers are getting interested in Organic food. Organic foods must meet legally regulated production standards in order to use the term organic.  Before a product can be labelled organic, a Government-approved food inspector inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the necessary rules.

 

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