It’s time to start eating healthy.
We all have been wondering why there is a sudden hype about organic vegetables, fruits and other organic produces. The reason is simple and understandable. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients and minerals. The increased commercial demand made the farmers to use more fertilisers and pesticides to increase production.
The use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides made the produces not good for health, thus resulting in health conditions and illnesses which were not known to us. The realisation that non-organic food is not good for health took time to hit us. And from then, there’s no doubt that we have been craving to be a part of this healthy lifestyle.
What is organic and what is not?
The term ‘organic’ refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. This is a practice in which no chemical fertilisers and pesticides are used. This makes the product environment friendly. Thus, organic farming is good for plant nutrition, and it preserves the regenerative property of soil. Even though there are guidelines in each country which decide what is organic and what is not, the above listed were some of the general points.
What is organic food?
Your food is organic when:
• No Genetically Modified Organisms/ Genetically Modifies Seeds were used in the production.
• If animal based(milk, cheese etc), it is organic provided the animals are fed on organic food/ fodder and are not given antibiotics or growth hormones to increase production.
• The weed controlling is done by crop rotation and hand weeding.
• Pest controlling is done by natural methods or by the use of naturally derived pesticides.
• The plants were given only natural manure or fertilisers.
Why you should be eating organic vegetables and fruits.
Organic vegetables don’t contain food contaminants including pesticides, heavy metals like Mercury and Lead, solvents like Benzene and Toluene etc. Once added in soil, synthetic fertilisers reduce soil fertility, pollute the water table and surrounding environment. The toxic materials in these products can result in:
• Weakening of the immune system.
• Interfere haemoglobin production, thus increasing the risk of anaemia.
• Increase food-borne illnesses.
• Results in premature aging.