Do you think organic food is healthier? Is the price tag justified?

Learn the meaning of the labels and which items offer the best value.

What exactly does “organic” mean?

The manner agricultural products are cultivated and processed is referred to as “organic.” While rules differ from nation to nation, in the United States, organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, as well as without the use of bioengineered genes (GMOs).

Organic feed and forage must be used to rear animals raised for meat, eggs, and dairy products in environments that support their natural behaviors (such as the capacity to graze on pasture). They are not permitted to get any animal byproducts, growth hormones, or antibiotics.

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Benefits of organic food

Your physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as the environment, can all be significantly impacted by how your food is cultivated or grown. People with sensitivities to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may discover that their symptoms reduce or disappear when they eat only organic foods since organic foods frequently offer more beneficial components, such antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown equivalents.

Produce grown organically uses less pesticides. In conventional agriculture, synthetic fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are frequently utilized, and their residues stay on (and in) the food we eat.

Because organic food lacks preservatives that extend its shelf life, it is frequently fresher. On smaller farms closer to the point of sale, organic produce is occasionally grown (though not always, so be aware of where it comes from).

The environment benefits more from organic farming. Organic agricultural methods may utilize less energy, less pollution, and less soil erosion while increasing soil fertility. It is better for surrounding birds and animals, as well as for residents who live adjacent to farms, to farm without synthetic pesticides.

Animals raised organically are NOT fed animal byproducts, growth hormones, or antibiotics. The danger of mad cow disease (BSE) is increased when feeding animals animal wastes, and the usage of antibiotics can result in bacterial strains that are resistant to such drugs. Animals grown organically typically have greater room to roam and access to nature, which helps to keep them healthy.

Certain nutrients may be more abundant in organic meat and milk. According to the findings of a 2016 European study, the amounts of several nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50% greater in organic meat and milk than in products from conventionally farmed animals.

Organic food is devoid of GMOs. Foods that have been genetically engineered or produced by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that are not possible in nature or through conventional crossbreeding, most frequently to make them resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.

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