People often ask why I buy organic. So I thought I would write a blog piece outlining some of the benefits. Yes organic produce can be expensive and it isn't within everyone's budget. For me I prioritise buying good quality produce over anything else. It's easy to make sacrifices in other areas of spending. I mean food is one of the most important things in our lives, right.? I have grown up where we have always grew our own veggies and my brother worked on organic farm so the benefits is something that I have always been aware of.
The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic produce prioritises sustainable practices, respectful use of the countryside and concern for animal welfare. While the regulations vary from country to country, in Ireland , organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. How your food is grown or raised can have a major impact on your mental and emotional health as well as the environment.
So what are the benefits of Organic foo
Organic tastes so good. Since it is not genetically modified, or covered up with pesticides, organic produce has a richer and better overall taste and is much better. Test it out.
Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts. Many question the nutritional benefit of organic crops over conventionally grown crops . A recent study shed new light on the debate, providing evidence that organic foods are richer in nutrients and antioxidants and lower in heavy metals, especially cadmium, and pesticides. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.
Eating organic helps to reduce your body’s total toxic burden. Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat. Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Dairy cows are given a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone called rBGH to increase milk production. The forced increase in milk production causes infections, and the animals are dosed with antibiotics. These hormones and antibiotics make their way into dairy products and, eventually into our bodies.
Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.
Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
Take small steps. Buy local produce from farmer's markets and see if you can taste and see the difference it has on your health.