What is Organic?
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. It is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labled “organic”, a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.
– The USDA National Organic Program(NOP)
| Organic farmers nourish the soil that feeds our food. Research shows that organically-produced foods are higher in antioxidants and other nutrients than their conventional counterparts.
There is a good reason why many chefs use organic food in their recipes – IT TASTES BETTER! Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, which leads to the nourishment of the plant and ultimately our palates.
Avoiding synthetic hormones (which are frequently given to conventional dairy and meat animals to alter reproductive cycles and speed up growth) means less stress for animals and reduced human exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
The FDA approved many pesticides before research linked them to chemicals that cause cancer and other diseases. Now the EPS considers 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides and 30% of all insecticides are carcinogenic. The bottom line is that pesticides are poisons made to kill living creatures and can also be harmful to humans.
Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals leads to the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections. Organic farmers instead rely on natural measures to promote and maintain animal health.
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Genetically engineered crops are a relatively recent technology with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems, human and animal health. Organic regulations forbid the use of genetically engineered seeds or animals (including clones).
The average child is exposed to four times as many cancer-causing pesticides in their daily lives compared to an adult. Organic food contains no carcinogenic pesticides.
By eliminating massive quantities of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used in conventional farming, organic methods help protect the health of air, water and soil.
| “Mono-cropping” is the practice of planting large plots of land with the same crop year after year; conventional farming uses this method exclusively. The lack of natural diversity of plant life has left the soil lacking in natural nutrients and minerals. Single crops are also much more susceptible to pests, making farmers even more reliant on pesticides.
Organic farming is a type of sustainable agriculture in which no synthetic pesticides or conventional fertilizers are used. Sustainable agriculture can help fight world hunger and some of its related challenges, including a dwindling safe water supply and pesticide contamination.
Organic Money saving TIPS!
Making the effort to buy organic products is a healthy choice, but it can have an undeniable impact on our budgets. To save you time, energy, and money, we offer the following tips for buying organic on a budget.
You may be able to find less-expensive alternatives at different stores. Many major chains are coming out with their own organic brands.
There are organic online shops where you can purchase online easily. Save your petrol, save your time, and get immediate delivery for ahealthy lifestyle.
The more convenient the food is, the more expensive it is. For example, buying an organic frozen dinner may save you time in the same way a conventional frozen dinner would, but it costs quite a bit more than its nonorganic counterpart and much more than a homemade meal. Buy organic items that are lower in price (such as produce), and make your own dishes from scratch.
Stock up on your favorite items when they go on sale. Or try something new that is on sale or is priced well and you may find a new favorite!
Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk will keep costs down. Look for many pantry staples often available in bulk, such as beans, legumes, rice, flour, nuts, chocolate chips, and much more. Many local co-ops have extensive organic bulk sections.
Keep an eye out in some organic company’s webpage or newsletter and grocery circulars for coupons and, again, stock up to take best advantage of the savings!
Shop in Season
There’s always season of celebrations, check on the discount, promotion or event held by the particular organic shop and grab the product/food at the cheapest price.
Eat With Friends
Last but not least, make it fun! Choose some like-minded friends and get together to each prepare an organic dish—a great way to add variety to your organic diet while keeping your own purchases down. Get together for a weekend potluck—or, during the week, arrange a food swap to minimize cooking and maximize eating organically.
Read food labels!
Take notes of products in :
Check products passed the standard of agricultural and food authority!
Organic foods/products cost usually is much higher than the usual foods/products, it’s because farm practices by not using synthetic chemicals in farming.
Last Tips : “Health is always important than anything else in the world.”