Have you ever thought about how your food gets processed? Sure, you know that most of the food you intake undergoes an industrial procedure. But do you know what elements seem added unto it? Well, you probably don’t, and neither do I. However, I’m not going to talk about processed food anyhow but instead, focus on the organic ones. I will try to enumerate some things about organic foods that you might want to know.
- Pesticides are allowed in growing organic foods. Contrary to what others think that it doesn’t apply. However, there are only limited allowable natural pesticides in the market that still supports the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic stand. If you are not into pesticides and want your food purely out of chemicals, you might want to check out where the farm of your food comes from.
- Most organic foods travel over a thousand miles from the farm before it even hits to the grocery stores. Sometimes, it also comes from other countries too. So the idea of “fresh organic produce” doesn’t entirely apply to the food you thought it was. It’s not a bad thing though. You can still have the number of nutrients you need as long as the products are well-handled while in a transfer.
- There are processed foods labeled as “organic” that still qualifies USDA organic standards. That’s because it contains up to five percent non-organic ingredients in it. So next time you want to have processed food but still consider the natural process, don’t worry because there are products that say you can have both.
- There is no such thing as sustainable organic seas food. That’s because no one can regulate the contents of the ocean. So unless it goes checked, tested, and verified by a third party who only uses organic feeds, you might want to trust it. Anything that says “organic” (as far as shellfish and fish are the concern), is at best telling the truth.
- Not because it’s organic, it doesn’t mean it is okay to consume the food directly. It is essential to clean the produce thoroughly. That’s because the bacteria found in organic food is different from pesticides. Some of the dirt is resistant and can immediately make you sick. So don’t always assume that organic is safe to eat even right after picking it.
- Because organic foods get processed without the harmful chemicals of a pesticide, it is sometimes up to 50% more costly than its conventional counterpart. The process of organic products requires more effort, so human resources also add to its additional cost as well.
- Just because something is not labeled as natural, it doesn’t mean it isn’t. There are tons of industrial companies who are committed to creating products more naturally. However, the problem with that is the credibility of the product. Therefore, buyers should still want to consider checking further.
Organic food is the best choice for safer produce and healthy environment. However, it is still the people’s decision to choose what’s beneficial and convenient for them.