Years and years ago, organic foods used to be found just in the kitchens of the rich and the upper class people. However, now days, the shelves of every common household’s kitchens could be found stuffed with organic foods. As we all know, organic products has become a very buzzing topic lately. So much so, that consumers are getting confused about what organic exactly means.
As we Indians are getting more advanced, all the information could easily be gained through the internet. This has led to a transformation in the perspectives about various things. Thus, people have started to believe that organic foods are beneficial to the health as they are the chemical free food. Not only this, but many have gone through the pains to actually make it a part of their everyday lifestyle.
But what exactly is this organic food hype all about? This sudden shift to organic stuffs… is this really a good thing? Are they scientifically proven? Let’s find out.
What is an organic product?
They are regulated by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and as stated by them, their main goal is to “integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.” Doesn’t it sound interesting?
In simple words, it is basically food or any produce that has been grown without any chemicals or pesticides. Also, the areas where they have been produced are not contaminated by any sewage problem or contain any genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Are organic foods really healthy?
Why do you buy organic foods? Because marketers buy you into believing that they are good for your health? Well, may be… may be not!
According to some of the studies conducted, it has been proved that even though they have higher levels of vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants, the differences are really small with no nutrition impact. Quoting the words of David Klurfeld, PhD, chairman of the department of Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University, “There’s really very limited information in people on actual health outcomes with consumption of these products. We don’t know enough to say that one is better than the other.”
Is it worth the price?
The fact that they are claimed to be chemical free do not justify the cost involved in buying it. Yes, it comes with a really expensive price tag. Nevertheless, with many Indian Entrepreneurs rising in the industry, the market demand and supply rates have brought these costs down.
But still they are way more expensive than the usual groceries. Here are a few reasons for it-
1. They use fewer chemicals. As a result more workers need to be hired for performing tasks essential to the crops. On the contrary, other farmers use chemicals to save the money on hiring these workers.
2. There is also a higher demand for organic food than the actual supply. This is because only 0.9% of farms in the world produce organic food and even then, they are much less than the quantity of conventional crops produced. Thus, this drives the price much higher.
3. There is also a certification cost involved. Organic farms comply with the USDA standards which results them in having costly modifications to facilities. Other than that, the annual inspection itself cost these farmers more than $400.
What you are paying for right now is not healthy food as you think. It’s just a peace of mind and a certain kind of satisfaction you are buying.