Organic food is fast getting popular in India. Statistics portal Statista.com predicts that the market size of organic food across India in 2020 will be around $1.36 billion. The organic market size in 2014 was around $0.36 billion.
Here are 10 reasons why you should go organic:
1. No chemicals
Agricultural products obtained via organic farming are grown sans synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that 60% of weed eliminators, 90% of mold eliminators, and 30% of insect eliminating chemicals may cause cancer. So, if you want to avoid the chemicals and toxins grown in commercially grown food, you should choose organic food.
2. Tastes great
Organic farming uses natural fertilizers like manure and compost. The weeds are controlled naturally by crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching, and tilling. Pests are controlled using natural methods like traps and naturally-derived pesticides. The healthy soil and plants produce crops that are not just good for your body, but also have a distinctive delicious taste of their own.
3. No antibiotics in livestock
The organic livestock, that are raised for meat, eggs and dairy products, are given organic, hormone-free and GMO-free feed. They are given access to outdoors and diseases are prevented using natural methods like clean housing, rotational grazing, and healthy diet, instead of antibiotics. Use of too much antibiotics may make people more resistant to fighting diseases.
4. It’s fresher
Organic products are fresher than commercial ones as they mostly are produced and obtained from smaller, local farms.
5. No preservatives
Organic food products are preservative-free and hence reduces health risks associated with them, including cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease and birth defects.
6. Good for environment
Organic farming is good for environment too. Since it’s an all-natural farming system, it helps in reducing pollution, reducing soil erosion, and conserving water and energy. Organic farming uses manure and compost for growing crops and thus increases soil fertility as well. No pesticides are used and hence it does not cause any health hazards to human, animals or birds residing nearby.
7. Organic meat and milk, healthier
Raised sans hormones and antibiotics, livestock products like organic meat and milk are richer in nutrients. A study conducted by European researchers in 2016 found organic meat and milk contain 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional ones.
8. Benefit to farmers
Organic food are often called “local food” as they are grown and sold in local area. One major advantage of buying organic food is that the farmers get more money as less or no middleman is involved.
9. How to be organic in budget
Organic products are mostly highly priced if you look for them at supermarkets. Instead, go to weekly farmers’ market or the open-air vegetable market in your area where organic products are quite pocket-friendly.
10. Buyers’ tip
Eat seasonal vegetables and fruits. Reason being, seasonal vegetables and fruits produced at organic farms are cheapest as well as freshest. They are grown in abundance and sold after they ripe naturally. Since no preservative is used, farmers will never want their produce to rot. It’s your best bet.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.