Is Organic Really Better - Healthy Food or Trendy Scam

In recent years, organic food has spread very quickly. Despite the higher prices, buy organic goes from an alternative to moral and social responsibility. Organic food is supposedly healthier, more natural and more ethical.

What does "Organic" mean? 

There is no consensus, so the different regions have different rules and definitions. In general, organic food is grown without GMOs chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides. Instead, organic farmers use more traditional techniques like the rotation and use organic fertilizers like compost and manure. Although the motivation to buy organic is noble, is it really useful or just another expensive mode next to which one can pass without being guilty?

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Is organic healthier?

 A belief associated with organic products is that their natural origin is supposed to make them more more nourishing and healthier. In reality, several studies that Organic food contains more antioxidants. Plants produce them to scare away insects. Organic plants have to work harder while ordinary plants are helped by men Antioxidants are likely to be healthy, but scientists are not sure. We don't know if they help us, or how, nor how much should be ingested to absorb it a certain amount

Is organic more nutritious?

 There are contradictions. Studies have found that Organic contains slightly more vitamin C and Omega 3 while other studies have not found big differences. Overall, this contradiction suggests that there are only small differences in nutritional values. So, so far, it doesn't look like organic be better for health What we do know is that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you, and that the majority of people don't do it enough Eating vegetables is more important for health than the way they were produced.

 Is organic more natural?

 People don't buy organic just to get extra vitamins, but also to avoid something toxic: synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Several studies show that there are fewer residues pesticides on organic products. But things are not so simple. "Less pesticides" does not mean "Not at all" Although pesticides are said to be the last option for organic, they are not prohibited. The majority of organic pesticides are natural toxins like vegetable oil, sulfur or copper sulfate. But there are also synthetic substances.

What is the difference between organic and usual pesticides?

 Not much. Organic pesticides are not necessarily safer than the conventional ones. Pesticides are toxic, it doesn't matter if they are natural or come from a factory. In fact, copper sulfate, often used on organic apples, is actually more dangerous for men than the non-organic pesticide. The toxicity of a substance depends on its concentration and your exposure to it, not whether it is natural or not. There is research on the effect on health of our exposure to pesticides. A 2018 French study found that people who don't eat organic had greater risks of certain cancers.

The study has been widely criticized, however The participants themselves stated their eating habits and no pesticide level test in their bodies has not been done. To complicate matters, a 2018 Danish study found the danger from pesticides to an adult equivalent to drinking a glass of wine every 3 months The pesticides on your vegetables should not prevent you from sleeping Despite this, we should keep asking for more regulations on our food All pesticides are strictly regulated and seriously tested in Europe and the United States.

Each year, thousands of food samples are analyzed to find out their pesticide content The majority of these samples have no pesticide residues or a fraction of the tolerated level At the moment, contamination from bacteria or fungi is far more dangerous And from this point of view, the risk is the same whether organic or not .

Is organic better for the environment? 

In 2017, a meta-analysis became interested in organic culture and compared organic with food from regular farming with more than 700 producers and their impact in different areas such as greenhouse gas emissions The results? Neither production method is clearly better for the environment The organic system consumes less energy than the conventional system but emits the same rate of greenhouse gases. Organic farms use less pesticides, but requires much more land to produce the same amount of crop.

These mixed reports have also been confirmed by a study by the Swedish National Food Administration. Organic and non-organic were equal in many ways. The biggest difference is the land used. where conventional farming clearly wins, and ecotoxicity where organic farming has a definite advantage. So if we trust its results, Conventional farming has a little less impact on the environment than organic farming. In other words, organic food is no better than "normal" food as far as we know. But organic farming also has an impact on a larger scale. The demand is constantly increasing, and the struggle to supply the market can lead to less sustainable methods in different ways. Spain for example grows tons of normal and organic vegetables for export in large greenhouses that use a lot of energy. and which have other impacts on the environment, like a higher greenhouse gas emission.

And since increasing demand cannot be matched by domestic production, international trade and organic food are also increasing. As the supply chain becomes more and more complex, so that all types of food are available in organic, ensure the quality of standards and regulations Bio becomes more difficult. This has led to incidences of fraud where conventional food was labeled and sold like expensive organic product. But organic versus non-organic is not even an objective debate. Organic is not just a way of producing. For many, it is an ideology. Buying organic seems the right thing to do. People want to do their best for the health of their children, and so that the earth is well. But our instinct to consider organic as good, and the non-organic as bad, can get in the way of the most reasonable decision.

 The solution could be to no longer see the Bio and conventional farming as irreconcilable. They both have qualities and faults, and the best way to produce healthy food efficiently would be a combination of their best aspects. And, tell yourself that for your personal purchases the food you should buy depend on what you expect. If you just want to eat healthy, you should buy more fruits and vegetables of any type, not necessarily organic. If you are concerned about the environment, then simply buying Organic will not solve this problem for you. The simplest option, is to buy local and seasonal. Finally, buying in season is real organic. To summarize, the organic label is only a manufacturing notice, not a safety certificate or a miracle cure for your health.

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