What is organic?

The term “organic” can only be used on products that are grown and produced without pesticides, and other harmful chemicals. 

‘Organic’ refers to how food is produced. Organic food is produced by farmers whose production systems avoid the use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. Organic farming systems utilize biological methods such as crop rotation, crop residues, animal manures and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and tilth, to supply plant nutrients, and to control weeds, insect and other pests. All organic foods are required to be certified under an organic certification program. Organic farmers place a greater consideration of the impact of the farming system on the wider environment inclusive of wildlife conservation as well as public health. Organic agricultural practices hold great promise toward remedying the negative effects of global warming. Here’s four examples how:

1. Use of farm-yard manure, green manures, and cover cropping methods keeps soil nutrient-rich, improve soil structure, restore organic matter (making for quicker nutrient uptake), maintain and/or increases soil fertility, and increase soil moisture retention all of which enables the farming ecosystem to better self-regulate.

2. The complete exclusion of synthetics in the farming operation (herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer, etc) eliminates high maintenance soils and crops, and subsequently lowers level of CO2 and associated GHGs released into the atmosphere, while simultaneously lowering nitrate leaching rates and removing risks of ground and surface water pollution.

3. With respect to usage of non-renewable energy resources, organic methods of agriculture use far less direct and indirect energy sources (fuel, oil and synthetic chemical applications respectively).

4. Combating resource depletion, organic methods increase the biodiversity of flora and fauna, contribute to integrated pest management efforts (natural pest control), as well as shape aesthetic landscape values.
What is Organic food?

Organic food is termed as certified food, which is produced in accordance with some production standards. It is grown in organic farms and vigorously monitored by the officials of a certification body, during the production. Unlike conventional food, organic food is generally grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. They are often labeled to differentiate them from the natural ones, because both are similar in terms of color, size and shape. The superior taste of organic food, perhaps, motivates people to consume them. Apart from the fact that it tastes better than conventional food, organic food has certain benefits on the overall health of the people as well.

Facts about organic food

Your body will be more resistant to disease as it will have higher levels of the essential nutrients it needs to fight off infection.

You will have more energy through consuming lower levels of toxins and chemicals that slows your body down.

Organic food is much richer in vitamins, minerals and fibre and retains the levels of nutrients for much longer.

Organic farms respect our water resources and do not leach nitrogen and other pollutants from their soil.

Organic food producers must meet stringent standards.

Organic food just taste so much better.

Reasons to switch to
organic food

Organic food has proven to be greatly beneficial, because it cuts the harmful preservatives and chemicals that are hazardous to health. Organic farming is based on the simple priority of making sure that the farm produce is as healthy, safe and nutritious as possible. Ask yourself this – would you rather eat an apple that contains residues from chemicals used purely to make it appear a bright lush red or one that is free of synthetic chemicals and full of nature's bountiful goodness? Switch to organic food today and join millions of households worldwide who have chosen a healthier, cleaner, organic lifestyle.

* Reduce the Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of     the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies.

* Reduce if Not Eliminate Off Farm Pollution.

* Protect Future Generations.

* Build Healthy Soil.

* Taste Better and Truer Flavor.

* Assist Family Farmers of all Sizes.

* Avoid Hasty and Poor Science in Your Food.

* Promote Biodiversity.

* Celebrate the Culture of Agriculture.