Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Organic v. Nonorganic Guest Post

Organic vs. Non-Organic

When considering to buy either organic or non-organic foods, we should first, take into consideration what organic really means.  Organic foods are foods that do not contain synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers and genetically modified organisms.  Organic food regulations also prohibit the use of food additives and industrial solvents.  Instead organic farmers utilize crop rotation, composting and biological pest control in order to maintain their farms and help maintain the integrity of the soil. In terms of organic chicken, beef or other livestock, most country regulations specify that these animals are pasture fed (grass-fed or free-range), without the use of growth hormones and antibiotics.  Organic agriculture focuses on sustainability and protecting the environment while growing food.

The alternative to organic foods would be of course non-organic or conventional foods. Although regulated by the US Department of Agriculture, the agricultural industry still uses synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers and GMO (genetically modified organisms during the process of producing their food.  Preservatives and additives are used for longer shelf life and flavor enhancement.  Irrigation, the process of artificial watering and drainage is also the main form of watering used for conventional farming.  These are all industry standard procedures used when manufacturing non-organic foods.

This very brief overview of organic and non-organic practices provides an idea of what consumers are purchasing when they visit their local grocery store.  In recent years, more awareness has been generated regarding the benefits of organic foods, which in turn drives up a demand and peaks the interest of health conscious consumers.  Now, more than ever, organic foods are readily available at local grocery stores and farmers markets.  However, you are still likely to find a wider variety of organic foods at health food and specialty stores.

Along with the question to buy organic or non-organic, take into account cost and health benefits.  Some might find the health benefits worth the extra expense for organic foods. Others might find it necessary to stick to their budget and purchase non-organic foods. The remaining are simply not informed enough to have a preference either way. Whichever category a consumer might fall, buying organic or non-organic is a choice.  In order to choose the best option, conduct research and become a knowledgeable consumer, read labels, understand what is going into your food.

Eating well is possible for all who have the desire to live a healthier more active lifestyle. Choose wisely.
Ask yourself this: If you can’t pronounce it, why would you consume it?

Sources: Organic farming (via wikipedia), 

By Melissa Moreau

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