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Why you should go for organic food

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Why you should go for organic foodOrganic 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.

Big Wire

Sreya Basu

Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.

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  1. Craig Monk

    April 24, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    You are correct and here why not anything else especially anything grown or raised on biosolids

    **Every US industry connected to a sewer can discharge any amount of hazardous and acute hazardous waste into sewage treatment plants as long as they report it. There are over 80,000 chemicals in commerce and growing even today. It ends up in effluent and biosolids which is broadcasted over forest, farms and even bags taken to the consumer’s home and used in gardens.

    **US EPA Office Inspector General (OIG) Report # 14-P-0363 in 09/2014 / Google and read it for yourself. To sum up, industrial pre-treatment is not working and has never worked and nothing has been done about it. It ends up in biosolids and sewage plant effluent. “The priority pollutants list has not been updated since 1981.”

    **So when you hear anyone from the multi-billion dollar sewage industry or anyone with monetary ties to any part of the sewage industry say the chemicals in biosolids are minimal and inconsequential or that they support composting with biosolids, ask them for any test showing the degree of hazard and concentrations of 80,000 chemicals that are found in biosolids or a composted biosolids like Milorganite from Milwaukee.

    **Chemicals that are persistent in the environment, bio-accumulate in people and/or wildlife, and are toxic are called Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances (PBTs). With more than 80,000 chemicals being injected into our environment you and your family are at considerable risk of exposure. As long as they remain in commerce and may therefore be released into the environment, they will threaten the health of humans, wildlife including aquatic life.

    Cancer, Chronic Diseases, Birth Defect

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