Organic food is the
product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilizers; pesticides;
growth regulators and livestock feed additives. For crops it means
they were grown without chemical pesticides and raised without antibiotics,
growth hormones or other drugs. For animals, it means they were reared without the
routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones. Frequently,
antibiotics and hormones harmful to the health of the consumer are used in the
raising of livestock and farm animals. Organic
food is not genetically modified, is
pure food, safer, more nutritious and free of chemical. Healthy soil of organic farmland also
provides more nutrients for growing plants, that is why organic foods are best quality,
and have a greater nutritional value, they are also tastier and with better
aroma. Why do they have a better nutritional value? Organic foods are produced
respecting the times of natural growth, so they have enough time to synthesize
the sugars and nutrients of the soil. They do not have chemicals, pesticides,
fertilizers or synthetic additives, they have many more vitamins, minerals and
antioxidants than conventional products, they protect the health of the
consumer and of the farmer they are strictly certified products, which assure
the consumer a complete satisfaction, they help to prevent the global warming.
Organic foods began to take boom for
more than three decades. And, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA),
organic agriculture is currently the fastest growing sector in the agricultural
economy. Therefore, it is not surprising that not only these organic products
are obtained in specialized markets or health food stores, but that in supermarkets
and large grocery chains dedicate a special space to these foods.
Studies with humans and animals fed organic foods,
positive effects on health, and alternative cancer therapies, made with
positive results in the exclusive consumption of organic foods .Association of
Earth Studies is clinical evidence generated by doctors and nutritionists
dedicated to the “alternative” treatment of cancer, who observed that
a totally organic diet is essential for successful success.
In addition, those
people who consume organic foods are less likely to suffer from overweight and
sleep better. The advantages may be higher in infants and young children.
The taste of organic fruits and vegetables
tends to be better and more intense than transgenic ones, since they are
genetically modified to look good and last longer, but they usually have a very
Transgenic foods usually last longer, since
they are irradiated to kill bacteria, but also change their molecular
structure. In addition, they are usually foods that cause allergies and worsen
the health of your immune system .Animals that do not belong to the organic
category are usually fed with hormones and are supplied with a large amount of
antibiotics, in addition to the large amount of pesticides used in the fields
that affect them as well. Without a doubt, both the meat and the products
derived from animals – eggs, milk – have the highest concentration of pollution
in the environment.
Pesticides and modern farming methods often
erode the soil and pollute the environment with chemicals for many years. In
addition, pests are adapting to chemicals so you have to add new options,
contaminating even more.
Undoubtedly, organic agriculture and livestock
are the best option if we are talking about taking care of the environment and
our own organism.
For this reason,
organic farms tend to increase biodiversity, as they conserve food seeds in
danger of extinction and reinsert some that are no longer used, offering more
variety for the consumer, an advantage boasted by the defenders of genetically
modified foods, that today we can also enjoy healthy with organic.
On the other side of the coin, the
disadvantages of organic foods people are that the production of them is
notoriously more expensive and yields are lower. The products are much more
expensive than the traditional ones, due to the scarcity of supply, the
productive times, and the lower density of crops or young. A lower supply of
product from distant destinations, due to its impact on the environment.
Seed selection processes for a better
production are much slower than the use of transgenic. With the result that,
the productive values tend to be lower and their adaptability to unfavorable
farming conditions is much less marked. The variety of processed products is
limited. Although in recent times the supply has been expanding, it is
difficult for one to find the full range of products necessary for a fully organic
The crops are more
susceptible to the competition of wild herbs and pests, with which many
harvests end up being harmed, by not using preservatives or additives the
products have a shorter duration, presenting signs of decomposition in times that
are noticeably shorter than the traditional ones. There is a lower global
supply, since the transfer of large distances of a product generates
unjustified environmental pollution for organic policies.
Organic food advantages and disadvantages,
although the advantages are several, as in all aspects of life there are also
disadvantages to list
The main disadvantages of organic production