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September 19, 2008

ORGANIC FOOD

Filed under: Health — priuk @ 7:41 am
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What do you eat everyday? Do you eat enough vegetables and fruits? Do you get enough protein and other nutrition? Do you eat the right kind of food for your diet? If you answer ‘yes’ for all these questions, you might think that you are healthy enough and you have given your body all the best, but actually that is not enough, my friends. Nowadays, we need also to consider the source of the food. Are they bringing dangerous pesticides or any chemicals inside? We can only guarantee that it is safe if it is organic food.

What is organic?

Organic usually refers to all “naturally produced” foods or the product of organic farming. Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed.
Organic usually refers to the raising of farm produce (fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products) without the use of chemical or other synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, (synthetic or sewer-sludge); livestock raised with the use of growth hormones, or antibiotics; food processed without ionizing radiation or food additives; nor can genetically modified seed be utilized.

The terms “natural” and organic are not interchangeable. Other truthful claims, such as free-range, hormone-free, and natural, can appear on food labels. However, don’t confuse these terms with “organic.”

Why choose organic?

Here are some reasons for you to “go organic”:

  1. Organic food is not treated with any chemicals during the planting and growth of the item. Therefore, if you eat organic foods, you are not exposed to what could be a toxic cocktail of pesticides and fertilizers.
  2. Fresh organic produce has more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro-nutrients than farmed produce. Studies show that organic food contains between 50 and 100% more minerals and 25% more fiber.
  3. Choosing organic foods is the only way you can avoid eating genetically modified food.
  4. Choosing organic dairy or meat products ensures that the antibiotics, growth promoting drugs, anti-parasite drugs and many other medicines fed to the animals will not be passed on into your food.
  5. Organic produce often tastes so much better than farm produced vegetables and fruit. It’s full of flavors!
  6. Organic farmers often protect wildlife in their areas by not using harmful pesticides or herbicides and look for ways to protect their crops without harming wildlife and the environment.
  7. Conventional farming can damage workers’ health as they are exposed to the toxins in the pesticides and herbicides and fertilizers.

So, when will you start consuming organic foods?

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