Going organic. Fad or necessity?
Every cook worth his salt knows that good food comes from good ingredients. And organic is not only delicious, it’s best for your health, too. Read on to see why.
The following quote from Maria Rodale’s book, Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe, is self-explanatory.
“When we demand organic, we are demanding poison-free food. We are demanding clean air. We are demanding pure, fresh water. We are demanding soil that is free to do its job and seeds that are free of toxins. We are demanding that our children be protected from harm. We must make organic the conventional choice and not the exception available only to the rich and educated.”
What exactly is organic food?
“Organic food is food produced according to legally regulated standards.
For crops, it means they were grown without the use of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers or sewage sludge, and that they were processed without ionizing radiation or food additives.
For animals, it means they were reared without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones.
Also, at all levels, organic food is produced without the use of GMO’s – Genetically Modified Organisms.”
Excerpted from the Wikipedia article “Organic food”, which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
So why should I go organic?
- If you’re looking for food untainted with synthetic chemicals and toxins
- If you want meat that’s not shot full of hormones and antibiotics
- If you want food with a higher level of antioxidants, phenolics and flavonoids
- If you prefer your meal to have a higher nutritional value
- If you want to avoid pesticides and metal contaminants reaching your plate
- If you believe in biodiversity, respect the environment and support long term sustainability
How can I tell if a food product is organic?
Read the label! Organisations are busily trying to cash in on the organic trend. Naturally there are plenty of processed foods out there which claim to be organic. Remember, organic food differs from conventionally grown food in the way it is grown, handled and processed. They are expected to meet certain standards, so look out for their organic certification. Most importantly, check the label for sugar, fat and salt content.
You’ll find that choosing to go organic has a boomerang effect. The increased demand for organic food produce supports organic agriculture, which optimizes nutrient and energy flow in the agro-ecosystem and enriches the soil. Giving us an even richer harvest, and thereon to a healthier, more delicious plate.