Organic food: The truth versus the myths.
When ever you hear someone talk about organic food, the first thing you hear is that it is good for the environment.
Organic food growth unlike usual farming does not pollute the soil and the groundwater with pesticides and chemicals, but there’s a flip side. Organic farming is productively half as important as conventional farming, it requires far more land to produce the same amount of food. As per research modern high-yield regular farming has helped preserve about 15 million square miles of wildlife habitat. Now if organic farming had to be conducted at that scale, the need for 10 million square miles of forest land would rise. Also practically less-productive farming could mean lesser food for undernourished.
A recurring question we often hear with regard to organics is whether it is more nutritious. Well there’s no clear majority as far as the researches are concerned, with most studies swinging both ways. A study pointed more vitamin C in organic tomatoes in comparison to the regular tomatoes; whereas another study said cancer-fighting flavonoids were greater in organic corn. On the flip side there are studies that say otherwise. The amount of time a produce sits on the shelf also affects its nutritional capacity. For example Spinach loses about 50% of its foliate within a week.
They say you don’t have to be as meticulous and careful while washing organics. How true is that? Let’s see. Any produce, be it from the fancy mega chain next door to a local organic farm, is vulnerable to bacteria, such as the deadly E. coli which has been known to kill people. Soil and runoff water can get easily contaminated with E. coli-harboring animal excreta can infect the produce especially melons, lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, spinach, and green onions, since they grow intimately to the ground. Apart from bacteria, there are viruses and other infectants. Its always better to be safe than sorry so wash thoroughly under running water before you cook.
The next popular myth is that by consuming Organic food you are supporting small farms and/or eco companies.
With the rising demand, the companies started importing cheap organic ingredients from other countries. With all the carbon di oxide emitted during the course of transport, the eco-virtues of some organics can be questioned.
Another popular assumption is that organic food is better for you. Let’s see how much of this is true. Yes, organic food is good, but not if it’s organic chips, organic soda or organic cookies. You cannot trick yourself into believeing that cane sugar is not sugar. Also fried chips are bottom line ‘fried’, it makes no difference with the kind of compost was used to fry it. The key word there is ‘fried’
From a vey philanthropic view, Organic food is said to be more humane in its approach as much of the organic milk comes from small farms. The idea being that the animals are reared and kept well, as well as they have ample amount of space to move and live. Yes, they are definitely better than the larger fact