Many people believe that organic food and organic products are good for one’s diet, nutrition, and health, as well as being good for the planet. On a basic level, organic food and anything that is by nature ‘organic’, has been grown or produced without harmful chemicals and fertilisers.
Evidence is increasingly showing that eating regular food that is grown and produced with the aid of chemicals, fertilisers, pesticides, soil improvers and a range of other additives, can and does affect the human body.
Scientific studies have shown over recent years that the immune system, the endocrine system, and the stomach and liver in particular are vulnerable, and can accumulate toxins found in food. Babies, growing children and the elderly are particularly prone to this as their bodies have less ability to process quickly harmful toxins that can be found in some foods.
These studies and scientific papers are freely available online for consumers and the general public to read and study. The regular food Industry also produces documents and information putting their side of the story, and these are also freely available to all who are interested.
Organically grown food is a return to an agricultural age that believed simply that the land was good, and with simple farming practices the land would grow good healthy and nutritious food. Food that is grown organically should always be certified organic, and consumers should look out for this label on or near the food in the shop or farm store. Do ask the seller if uncertain.
As times have developed, and Industrialisation has pumped more chemicals into the atmosphere worldwide, and land for farming has been squeezed; farming methods have changed with the belief that soil enrichment with chemicals enhances food and cam produce more food in a shorter growing season.
The world of organics turns this attitude on its head, and believes that food grown as simply as possible, with only a minimum of fertilisers used (and these few are checked and approved by The Soil Association, the UK’s main organic certification body), is better for human consumption, and can be much healthier for our health and nutrition.
A diet that largely consists of food that is organically grown or produced, is thought by many experts and consumers to contain many vitamins, minerals and natural enhancements that would usually be destroyed or reduced by the fertilisers and chemicals that are used in regular food production.
Government studies have recently shown that most fruit and vegetables grown worldwide over the past 20 years or so contain up to a quarter to a third less of the vitamins and minerals that they used to. In practical terms for the human diet and nutrition, this means that the calculation that we need 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day to provide the body with the goodness that it needs is wrong, and we should now be eating between 7 and 10 portions instead, to make up for the deficiency.
Ultimately it up to the consumers to taste the food, read the scientific studies and surveys available, join the debate, and make up their own mind. Food consumption is the main area where individuals must take responsibility for their own health and well being. This can be done with a sensible, good quality diet.
Over the last 20 years in the UK, organic food and farming is the biggest growth market within the food sector, so it seems that consumers are using their purchasing power and deciding in favour of organic food.