ORGANIC VS CONVENTIONAL FOOD
There have been many hullabaloos around the origin of the food products we consume. Amongst the revolution towards veganism, cutting out mass-produced junk food from one's diet and artificial supplements that enhance the physical requirements, one which particularly stands out is the shift towards organic food produce. With the advent of technology, modern trends in farming and agriculture started relying on chemical pesticides or insecticides to make the soil devoid of any harmful insects and prevent the growth of weeds. To add to the above, genetic engineering in agriculture has gained much relevance from a financial perspective as it increases crop yields and results in reduced costs for food or drug production. It is not a herculean task for a non-specialist to deduce whether the modern technology is a money-making machine for a farmer.
Before venturing any further, it is imperative to discuss what organic foods are.
When the prefix 'organic' precedes any noun, it is easily surmised that the noun relies on something devoid of any artificial, superficial, or synthetic additions to it. So organic food depends upon natural processes sans any chemical intervention to grow. Chemical intervention may refer to pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or Genetical Modified organisms (GMO).
Organic agriculture is a production system that regenerates the health of soil, ecosystem, and people.
Wait, if you are not using any chemical intervention, how do you stop pests, weeds, etc, from harboring near your produce. Organic production is the avoidance of conventional chemical inputs and the adaptation of techniques that were used since ancient ages, such as the use of animal manure or crop rotations.
The counterpart of organic ones, the produces here are engineered to yield maximum return on investment, which is a crucial point of motivation for the producers to ingest chemical fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones in their production mechanism. Although financially viable, they can have a damaging effect on the end consumers and the soil, plants, and the environment.
The livestock is also given growth hormones for faster growth and antibiotics and medications to prevent diseases. They are not allowed access to the outdoors. Artificial mass breeding mechanisms are employed to meet the demand, which results in impoverished living conditions for them.
What are the advantages of consuming organic produce?
- Organic food contains fewer pesticides. The chemicals employed in conventional production methods' residues leave a residue that remains on the food we eat.
- Organic food is fresher. Lesser preservatives mean long-lasting produce.
- Organic food is better for the environment. The non-employment of chemicals and artificial methods help reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion and increase soil fertility.
- Organic livestock is healthier. It doesn't give growth hormones, antibiotics, or any other byproducts. They are also given more space to move around.
- Organic food is GMO-free. Therefore, no damage to the environment and no unwanted residual effects.
To conclude, we are what we metabolize. As individuals, we must decide what goes into our bodies. Consuming organic produce is immensely beneficial towards our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Organic foods possess beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, and people with allergies to certain foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods. Therefore, it is time to switch to a completely organic diet.