Hi everyone! Today we are talking about the myths around organic food. There are several myth around this type of food for example, many say there is not a strict definition of what is “organic”; that this type of food is not affordable; that is the same as eating natural food; that Organics don’t have nutritional benefits beyond their conventionally-grown counterparts; that it tastes like cardboard and more!
But in order to overcome the myths, it is necessary to know the real facts.
First, “Organic’ does have a definition. In our last post we talked about that. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program defines organic as follows:
“Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation…”
And more! In the same way, a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards, so not every product can be labeled “organic”. That certification is needed also by the companies that handle and process organic food and the retailers who sell them to the public.
About the price, it is true. Most of the time organic food costs a little more than conventional food, but that has to do with the stricter regulations organic products must meet. Also, in the production process there’s often more labor and intensive management. Another fact that affects the costs is that organic farmers don’t receive federal subsidies like conventional farmers do. Therefore, the price of organic food reflects the true cost of growing.
Another aspect is flavor. Millions of people have testified to the taste that organic food have, which is much better and “purer” than traditional food. However, many believe that the taste is not that good. Definitely, this characteristic is an individual matter, so each one should give organic a try.
Finally, many tend to be confused between the meanings of natural food and organic. Natural is not regulated and do not meet the same criteria that organic foods do. It is true that they do not contain additives or preservatives, but they may contain ingredients that have been grown with pesticides or are genetically modified.
Let’s be clear on these issues and spread the word!