What Is Organic Food? Should You Be Eating It?

In this article, we will be tackling the subject of organic food: its origin, definition, as well as which foods are considered “organic” and how you can choose an organic food product for your diet. You’ll come away from this article with a fuller understanding on how to choose organic food for your diet!

What characteristics do organic foods typically have?

Any type of food can be organic. The definition generally refers to how the food has been grown and processed. It is free of artificial preservatives, chemicals, pesticides, or growth additives. Organic food is usually grown in natural settings using natural methods and is not certified USDA or state-certified.

How are organic foods determined and certified?

Food labeled organic can have anywhere between 0, meaning no detectable pesticide residue is detected on the food sample, to 70 percent meaning the food contains a maximum of 70 parts per million of pesticides. Organic certification is overseen by an independent body called the National Ecological Standards Board.

What are the cost differences between purchasing or growing your own food vs. buying it in store?

There are many prices to consider when it comes to buying food. Organic produce that is sold in store will cost more than the same size produce that is grown locally and prepared at home.

Pros/Cons of Eating Organic Foods

Organic, or “Environmentally-friendly” food can be bought in many places at a fee. The organic designation indicates products that are produced without modern synthetic chemicals and have been pesticide-free for three or more years. This can help with issues such as learning disabilities, anemia, leukemia and various allergy symptoms. Studies have also shown that there are certain fears associated with conventional farming that is not subject to strict right-to-information laws.

Technology that could improve the quality of our food

There is a lot of argument that organic food doesn’t actually make people healthier. Similar to how health experts have mixed opinions on whether people should eat organic, the debate rages on as to whether technology could improve the quality of food. For example, NASA wants to use technology that would increase frost tolerance in crops (any temperature below freezing) and reduce pesticide risks. What does this mean for you? It means you may get some fresh produce during these cold months without having to worry about any pesticides being sprayed all over your strawberries and blueberries. In layman’s terms, this is better for your health!

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