Organic food is deemed to be more healthy and trendy in recent years. I don't want you to get hung up on having to buy everything organic. Not all organics are a healthy option, so please don't be fooled by all labels that say 'organic' and you think its healthy. There are lots of snacks which I term as junk food which are jumping on the band wagon and getting organic labeling - this is not a healthy organic!
Organic is a term that relates to the way all agriculture produce is produced, how it is grown and processed. Organic is a way of describing natural foods that have been grown and processed through a set criterion before it can be given a label of organic.
In the US organic crops must be grown without the use of man-made pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMO), bio-engineered genes, petroleum-based fertilisers and sewage-based fertilisers.
Animals raised for producing organic meat, eggs and dairy products must be given 100% organic feed, have access to the outdoors all year round except in bad weather and the land must also be certified as organic in line with USDA standards.
The animals for organic farming must not be given antibiotics, growth hormones or any animal by-products. If an animal falls sick and needs antibiotics, it can no longer be classed as organic.
According to The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) organic food is produced without the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives. The use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) or GMO by-products are not allowed.
Organic agricultural farming relies on crop rotation, animal and plant manure and biological pest control, more in line with nature. Artificial chemicals and fertilisers are not used to help protect wildlife and waterways. Animals are not fed antibiotics or GMO feed to increase animal welfare by allowing them a more natural environment.
The EU requires organic foods to be approved by an organic certification body who also carry out regular inspections to ensure foods labelled as organic, meet strict regulations. For foods to be called organic, the product must be at least 95% organically produced whether plant or animal.
Its not always possible to eat 100% organic but there are foods that do not have organic certification which are healthy and that’s grass-fed animals for meat and dairy by-products, wild fish and handmade cheese. Not forgetting produce you can grow and rear yourselves.
If you can’t afford to buy organic or have trouble finding it please don’t worry. It is far healthier and beneficial to eat conventionally grown fruit and vegetables rather than having none at all.
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