What is organic food?
Organic food is produced by farmers who practice organic farming.
What is organic farming?
Organic farming is farming without use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and also conventional pesticides, except those approved by USDA. Farmers and manufacturers are also not permitted to irradiate organic food and products. Instead, age-old practices must be followed. Livestock should be provided with 100% organic feed and access to the outdoors. The use of antibiotics and growth hormones are prohibited.
Why should we be eating organic food? What are the benefits of organic food?
The USDA claims that there is no evidence in nutrition value between organic food and conventionally grown food. But, there is no doubt that conventionally grown food contains harmful pesticides, heavy metals and other impurities.
So ask yourself, are those healthy for your body?
Where can I buy organic food?
Today you can find organic products in most of the food shops. There are usually special corners or shelves with organic food. If you can not find it, ask the salesman in your local shop. In case they are not selling organic products, check for the natural food markets or online shops.
If the word organic is mentioned on the product label, does it mean that the product is organic?
No. Without the seal there is no proof that the product is actually organic. It may still be possible that the product is, as labeling is voluntary.
Some Certified Organic Seals: US, EU, Canada, UK, Australia and India
There is also a difference between the following:
- 100% Organic
- Made with Organic Ingredients
- Products with fewer than 70% Organic Ingredients
100% Organic: This means that individual products like meat, corn flour, milk or all the ingredients in the product are 100% organic.
Organic: The product is at least 95% organic and 5% may be non-organic agricultural ingredients or synthetic substances that have been approved for use in organics by the USDA.
Made with Organic Ingredients: These are products made with at least 70% organic ingredients and the remaining 30% are not produced according to organic standards. The label must specify which ingredients are organic and which not.
Is there a difference between organic and natural food?
Yes. Natural or 100% Natural on the label is quite popular to use today. These terms are not a proof that the product is organic. If you want to make sure that you are buying organically grown food, check for Organic Seals on the products labels.
Can I grow organic food by myself?
Absolutely. If you get organic soil and organic seeds, you can make your mini organic garden right on your balcony. There is a bit more difficult to grow organic plants in your garden, if you had previously used pesticides and are still in your garden soil. Your land should be at least 3 years without any residue and pesticides to be considered clean.