“Go organic” is something that all of us have heard about a lot. And to go all organic, we have to spend a significant amount of money as organic food products cost like 60% more than typical food products.
Such is the case because of the high production costs. As to the answer to the question of whether it is “worth” it – it is arguable.
What is ‘Organic Food’ Anyway?
The food products that are produced by fulfilling certain standards of “organic farming” are called organic foods. To put it in simpler terms, the foods that are grown in a natural setting, i.e., without any artificial fertilizers/pesticides or, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
For example – meats that are termed as ‘organic’ come from the animals that did not undergo any hormones or antibiotic injections.
Are Organic Foods Really ‘Organic?’
A major portion of the consumers have doubts about the “organic” part of organic foods. They have stated that they believe that the “organic” labeling is there just to charge more.
There have been some instances of these food products not being “completely organic” that made the majority of the consumers so skeptical. But researches have suggested that there are some significant differences between conventional food products and organic food products.
Does It Make a Difference?
There have been some doubts regarding the significance of the number of residual pesticides in food products. The number of residual pesticides in conventional foods may not be enough to bring harm to human health.
It has also been pointed out by some of the skeptics of organic foods that the “natural” pesticides used in organic farming may have harmful impacts on the human body as scientists are still searching for answers. Same goes for nutritional value as studies have shown no significant difference between organic and conventional foods when it comes to nutritional value.
The Impacts of Organic Foods on the Human Body
Firstly, the amount of residual pesticide in organic foods is 5 times less than that of conventional food products. Secondly, these food products also have a lower level of harmful metals in comparison to conventional food products.
Thirdly, organic foods contain more nutritional value than typical foods do. Lastly, the consumption of organic foods does not help in developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the body.
A Few Other Ways of Measuring the “Worth”
Organic methods of farming ensure increased bio-diversity, comparatively better health of the soil and, prolonged sustainability of the arable lands, making them all about production values.
But organic farming has only proved to be environmentally friendly when its impacts were measured per acre and not per product unit. Conventional farming has proved to have detrimental health effects on the farmers while organic farming has not.
Also, organic farming is necessary for the further economic progression of a country as it has the ability to eliminate corporate monopoly.
Is organic food really the best? Well, maybe, maybe not. But if we want organic without emptying our wallets, we should the following;
- Buying bulk, organic foods prioritizing pregnant women and children,
- Buying food products that are “in season,”
- Growing one’s own food, if possible.