Organic foods for our daily nutrition are the best and only viable resource for a healthy lifestyle.
We all know now that organic foods are grown in a natural manner and are pesticide free, so they do not affect human health in negative ways. The organic foods being grown are made using methods like composting to enrich the soil and crop rotation for the plants to flourish; so the yields are much safer and… More nutritious. Organic foods do not have residues of chemicals in them, which are known to cause many health problems. The organic foods also do not contain any hormones, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides.
It has been shown that organic food contains more antioxidants than non-organic food, especially the green leafy vegetables. Green leafy vegetables contain antioxidants called carotenoids, which are an important part of the healthy aging process. The rich antioxidant content help prevent free radical damage by neutralizing these damaging chemicals. So the overall health and longevity of our bodies depend on the intake of antioxidants. Organic products do not have synthetic chemicals, hormones, or pesticides and thus provide a better source of antioxidants for our bodies. The antioxidants are also responsible in fighting diseases and aging and hence there is an increased chance of a person to remain fit, active and happy.
Organic foods contain a higher level of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and are generally higher in fiber compared to the non-organic food products. This helps the body to absorb vitamins and minerals much faster. The increase in fiber also ensures that the body is able to eliminate waste and toxins more efficiently. The weakening of the immune system can be impeded due to the exposure to chemicals and pesticides. Thus, with the regular intake of organic food products, the immunity levels of our body improves and the possibility of getting sick is lessened.
There are some important issues regarding the environmental and health impacts of the processing of organic products such as food and drink production, livestock production and food processing. Processing or industrial methods of food processing such as food irradiation are done with the help of chemical additives and heavy metals that can have severe consequences on health. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are used to promote the growth of crops and to ensure that they yield to produce food. As a result, a lot of these chemicals and even foods that still contains them can end up in sewage sludge that is dumped into open drains and cause pollution that can affect the global environment and ultimately be the cause of hazards to our bodies.
A note on GE foods (Genetic Engineered)
The biggest threat that has been posed to the food safety and environment of our planet are genetically engineered (GE) seeds. These GE varieties are plants and animals that have had specific alterations done to them (and here wee could argue “without their knowledge or approval” especially for the animal like). The main concern about GE varieties is that there is a risk of herbicide sprayed on food crops. This will then create herbicide-resistant weeds and pests that will eventually attack food crops thus being a risk for our health once ingested from humans. Farmers need to be more cautious with the genetically engineered food as these can pose serious threats to public health and safety.
The Conventional VS Organic farming paradox of Latin America
Organic farmers and ranchers in Latin America are experiencing a huge gap between their production of organic produce and that of conventional production. It is said that conventional farming of crops and animals can surely produce huge amounts of quantities and sell at a lesser price, so be very competitive in the market, but then in the long run the organic produce compared to the conventional farming where there is very little or no use of chemicals and pesticides can sell at higher prices and target the mid to high level of consumer and indeed have almost the same results in terms of net profit gained as their counterpart.
Many farmers have embraced organic food production to save themselves from the dangers associated with pesticides and chemical fertilizers but also because have realized that selling the quantities is not always the best choice. In Latin America, there is still a major debate as to what extent organic farming should become a priority for farmers. The government promotes organic farming but there are still many challenges as to whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
I am a Nutritionist Biologist.
I graduated in Biology with a specialization in Genetics in 2006 and then my master’s degree in Biology in 2007. Later I had various experience in the field of nutrition and research.
Combining a healthy and balanced diet can help you live better and strengthen your health. A targeted and personalized nutritional plan certainly affects your well-being. Therefore, adopting a healthy and balanced diet with a personalized food plan based on health, habits, tastes and culinary skills, can give the desired results.