People are getting more health-conscious and looking for safe and high-quality foods, such as organic foods. So, have you wondered what does “organic” mean? We hope you will reach a better understanding of the benefits of “organic” after reading this article, with a happy and healthy organic life.
Organic foods are products with no use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals, throughout production, handling, processing and marketing stages. The farming process emphasises crop rotation, animal and plant manures, hand weeding and biological pest control, to preserve natural and original taste and nutrients of the foods, and to provide the safest foods for consumers. Moreover, the organic certification is certified by a certification body or authority of the country of origin.
Many people around the world are choosing to go organic, with the continuous improvement of the standard of living. Their shopping baskets overflow with organic foods these days for TWO major reasons: Health and environmental benefits.
Non-organic (conventional) foods may contain chemicals in the manufacturing process, including chemical fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones and genetic engineering. In the market, most non-organic vegetables contain pesticide residues, which is scientifically proved that even a small amount can cause adverse health effects under long-term exposure. Pesticide residues can cause both acute and chronic effects, including acute poisoning like vomiting and diarrhoea, nervous system damage or even cancer. Moreover, organizations under the United Nations has proved that some pesticides can cause severe damage to children’s nervous system. On the other hand, pesticide residues may contaminate water and soil which affect human via food chain. Thus, we should never underestimate the effects of chemicals in foods, especially for the next generation’s sake.
Organic farming adopts biological control which is natural and pollution-free. Not only does it balance the ecological system to maintain the biodiversity, but also reduces the use of large-scale machines, petroleum and fossil fuels, which helps save energy effectively. Besides, organic farming increases the amount of organic matter and beneficial insects in soil, that makes the soil more fertile, rich and moist.