When you are working with a tight budget, you will not be running to purchase organic foods. But as long as you have you fair share of vegetables and fruits and keeping away from all processed foods you will be good to go right? Well not quite.
For a long time now, the benefits of organic foods has been on trial. Many claiming that organic foods do more harm than good. Well, today we seek to demystify these claims by stating bare the truth. We shall delve deeper into how organic foods are actually produced and reasons why you should actually go out of your way to have some organic foods on your dining table for every meal.
We understand that with a constrained budget, you seek to find value in every purchase that you make. Reading this piece, you will be shocked at the value organic foods provide, some even more than our traditional veggies and fruits.
That said, did you know that:
Organic foods are not sludge treated
Organic farmers do not necessarily use sludge to keep their crops fertile. As a matter of fact, and what might be shocking for many is that household, human and industrial waste is usually treated in designated plants and then later spread to farms, yes, including non-organic farms as fertilisers which farmers love and find efficient.
Organic foods are not exposed to radiations
The FDA is tasked with the responsibility of protecting the public ensuring that the foods they are supplied with are safe for consumption. But here is the thing, in some instances, and in a bid to ensure that they kill all food borne diseases, they do encourage some bit of radiation on non-organic foods.
For organic food farmers however, this is not a luxury that they can afford. Why? Well, for the FDA to certify the foods as organic, they need to follow the rules and regulations set for organic foods to the letter. And just so you know using radiation on organic foods is prohibited.
It does not have antibiotics and growth hormones
As you feed on a non-organic piece of meat, you just may be taking in some ingredients that are not listed on the label. How is this so? Well, the animals that are reared for this purpose are routinely injected with growth hormones and antibiotics to keep them safe, which eventually make an entrance into the food chain.
And while the FDA makes random checks every so often, it is not easy to monitor the use of these chemicals. Experts agree that the damage caused by these chemicals may be long term.
The USDA however has a rule against the use of synthetic additive and antibiotics on animal feeds. Antibiotics, even those considered to be standard as well as growth hormones are also prohibited if the foods are to be labelled as organic.
It does come packing in pesticides
The USDA is strictly against the use of fertilizers as well as pesticides on the organic farms. Now one might argue that very little of these chemicals find their way into the non –organic fruits and vegetables. Well, whether in little amounts or not, studies show that the effects of the ingredients present in these pesticides are huge.
Each year an organisation, the Environmental Working Group takes it upon itself to develop a list of shame of non-organic vegetables and fruits that feature these chemicals. Tests are carried out to come up with a credible list. Some of the fruits that have been shamed include grapes, strawberries and apples.