Demand for organic foods is higher, and the industry is also booming. American’s spent as much as $43.3 billion on organic food in 2015, with an 11% increase over last year’s record.
Organic foods are made without the following:
- Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides
- Genetic engineering
- Sewage sludge
In order for the foods to be certified USDA organic, the produce or product has to contain at least 95% organic ingredients. Organic food has to be produced and also processed according to strict USDA standards and also be inspected to be certified.
The Pros Of Organic Foods
- Organic foods are free of any harmful antibiotics, pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and even additives.
- Organic food has less environmental impact than conventional farming.
- The nutritional value in organic foods is higher.
One of the major reasons to buy organic food is to avoid possible exposure to pesticides. These chemicals in pesticides are designed to be toxic and are used in an attempt to prevent damages from weed, insects, rodents, and also fungus.
Pesticides are dangerous for children and also pregnant women. They have been linked to attention and learning problems, dyslexia, low birth weight, abnormal brain and nervous system development, and also pediatric cancer.
Environmental impact of conventional farming is huge, and also increasing rapidly. In the Gulf of Mexico, the conventional chemical fertilizers have resulted in a massive algae blooms which use up the oxygen in the water, making it difficult for marine life to survive in the area.
Organic meats are healthy foods, that are raised without the use of hormones, antibiotics, or even foods treated with pesticides.
Eating organic meats may also decrease your exposure to pesticides and some antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are becoming more common in conventionally raised meat.
Organic crops have a higher concentration of antioxidants and other nutrients. Lots of the antioxidants that are found in high concentrations in this healthy foods have been shown to protect cells and also decrease the risk of some types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and also Alzheimer’s disease.
The Cons Of Organic Foods
- They are more expensive.
- All foods, organic food inclusive, are prone to food-born illnesses like E. coli and salmonella.
- Organic vegetables and fruits may have a shorter shelf life.
Organic Food Is Expensive
These healthy foods are known for being expensive. Some of these healthy foods cost nearly twice as much as their nonorganic counterparts, according to Consumer Reports.
The high demand for these healthy foods plus the lower yields than conventionally farmed crops adds to the reasons for the high prices.
Organic foods are also more expensive to produce because they usually need more labor.
No Difference In Food-Borne Illness
Organic food is not any safer, and also has the same risk just like non-organic foods for foodborne bacteria contamination. Fresh produce of all types is also prone to salmonella, listeria, E.Coli, and other bacteria.
Shorter Shelf Life
Organic vegetables and fruits are healthy foods which contain lots of antioxidants. They may spoil quicker than conventional produce. This is because they are not been treated with preservatives or waxes that help to keep them on the shelves longer.