ORGANIC FOOD An Overview

An Overview of ORGANIC FOOD PuroFood

What is Organic Food?
Organic Food is the term used to describe raw or processed agricultural products and ingredients that have been grown without…

  • Most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides
  • Sewer sludge fertilizers
  • Genetic engineering
  • Growth hormones
  • Irradiation
  • Antibiotics
  • Artificial ingredients
  • Many synthetic additives

The term “organic” can be applied to a variety of different kinds of foods, like agricultural products, meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. And it also applies to the methods used to process organically grown foods in preparing them for market or to retard spoilage.

Is better for health?
Consumption of organically grown food is a great way to reduce your exposure to contaminants commonly found in foods that have been grown using conventional agricultural practices. These contaminants may include not only pesticides – many of which are classified as potential cancer-causing agents – but also heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and solvents like benzene and toluene. Minimizing exposure to these potential toxins is an important benefit for your health.

In addition to lessening your exposure to these potentially harmful substances, organically grown foods, on average, contain higher levels of many nutrients including vitamins and minerals.

Is it better for the environment?
Organically grown foods are cultivated using farming practices that can work to preserve and protect the environment.

Most conventional farming methods depend on a wide range of “off-farm inputs” for success. If the soil does not contain enough minerals, minerals are purchased in the form of bagged synthetic fertilizers. If there is not enough water available, irrigation is done with groundwater that is extracted by pumps run on electricity or natural gas. Chemical based pesticides are used to prevent crop infestation. These methods may result in successful crop production, but they do not result in sustainable use of resources. And in many cases, they can pose a risk to health by contaminating soil, water and air with levels of synthetic chemicals that cannot be readily absorbed by the earth.

Organic farming practices try to minimize “off-farm inputs” and seek to develop farming environment that is more self-contained. Along with the composting of plant materials, animals on the farm may be able to provide much of the necessary fertilizer in the form of composted manure. Crop rotation and the planting of cover crops may be able to improve soil nourishment. Avoidance of moldboard plowing may be able to help preserve soil integrity. Inter-planting of crops may help reduce the need for pesticides as might biological balances in which natural predators take care of unwanted pests. Berms may help protect soil and plants from wind.

Organic farming practices may be able to greatly reduce carbon emissions associated with production and transport of synthetic fertilizers, and carbon retention by agricultural land could be greatly increased through organic farming practices. This change might be able to help reverse the problem of humankind’s ever-increasing carbon footprint.

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