Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Organic Food and its IMPORTANCE

Organic foods are foods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. They are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming. Evidence on substantial differences between organic food and conventional food is insufficient to make claims that organic food is safer or healthier than conventional food. With respect to taste, the evidence is also insufficient to make scientific claims that organic food tastes better. Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's total plant and animal ingredients must be organic.

Organic food has plenty of advantages when compared to the non-organic food that have been processed with artificial preservatives and chemicals. There also is a widespread public belief that organic food is safer, more nutritious, and tastes better than conventional food; these beliefs have fulled and increased demand for organic food despite higher prices. The perception that organic food is low-calorie food or healthy food also appears to be common among the general people because of various reasons.
Moreover, these organic food contains lower levels of pesticides which means up to 70% of pesticides are banned in the production of organic food. They do not have artificial food colors and flavours, preservatives, nitrates and sulphites, artificial sweeteners. Food is preserved and sweetened naturally using substances such a honey and grape juice. It also has significantly higher levels of nutrients - Depending on the choice of produce, organic food is shown to have higher amounts of salicylic acid and more Vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Also in organically reared cattle, they are allowed to grow and develop at their own pace, and without any synthetics injected into their system.Organic farmers do not use GE seeds or irradiation methods. Instead crop rotation and use of natural compost produces a richer soil in which to grown and harvest their produce. And thus organic food plays an important role in our life.

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