“Food improperly taken, not only produces diseases but affords those that are already engendered both matter and sustenance; so that, let the father of disease be what it may, intemperance is its mother.”
The food such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat and grains that are grown through organic farming techniques are considered to be healthier and environment-friendly than the traditional farming methods presently in use.
Why organic foods are considered to be better than inorganic goods:
A number of reasons have been cited with throw light on the benefits of agricultural produce reaped through the application of organic farming methods as compared to the traditional farming techniques, which are being outlined below for your better understanding:
Organic produce is free of pesticides:
The crops grown using organic farming methods do not involve the usage of chemical pesticides for preventing the crops against insects and pests such as molds and also against plant diseases. Sprinkling of pesticides on the agricultural produce leads to its absorption by the crops and also leaves its traces on their surface, which in turn can have harmful effects on the health of the human beings as well as other life forms feasting on those crops directly.
On the other hand, when the agricultural workers take to organic farming methods, they bring into practice alternate methods of preserving their crops against pests and insects which entail using insect traps, natural fertilizers and picking those varieties of crops which are resistant to plant diseases.
Organic food does not contain food additives:
The organic foods are devoid of food additives,preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings as well as monosodium glutamate which are extensively used in inorganic foods. These foods pose severe health issues to the living beings.
Organic foods are rich in nutrients:
The well-known adage “Health is Wealth” throws light on the significance of health of all the living beings irrespective of species or genres. The health of living organisms, in turn, is dependent on the quality of food intake that is more fresh and organic the produce, more nutritious it is for health and vice versa. Several studies have been conducted in the past to assess the nutritional content of the organic and inorganic foods with the result that organic foods are high in nutritional value as compared to inorganic foods. The organic farming methods strongly counter the application of toxic substances such as pesticides, growth hormones, genetically transformed substances, nanoparticles, antibiotics and also chemical fertilizers which include hazardous sewage waste or coal sludge.
Organic foods are found to be rich in nutrients such as beta-carotene, various vitamins which include C, D and E, polyphenols which are fundamental to good health, antioxidants which are very effective in combating cancer cells, flavonoids that are helpful in keeping heart ailments at bay, vital fatty acids, important minerals and also possess substantially reduced concentration of saturated fats.
A comparison of the nutritional ingredients between the organic and inorganic produce will help you in making a better choice when it comes to your health. Fruits such as apples and pears, vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, lettuce and grains such as wheat and sweet corn grown through organic methods are found to possess higher concentrations of calcium, iron, chromium, magnesium, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium and zinc than the crops grown through traditional methods. The organically grown crops are also rich in antioxidants by an extra 40 percent as compared to inorganic foods. Flavonoids present in organic foods are higher in content by 30 percent than in inorganic foods with the percentage of flavonoids – quercetin and kaempferol up by 79 percent and 97 percent respectively in organically grown vegetables such as tomatoes against conventionally grown tomatoes. Organic tomatoes also contain 55 percent more vitamin C and almost twice the percentage of antioxidants found in the traditionally grown produce.
The content of vitamins and minerals in organic foods is 25 percent more than is found in its conventional counterparts. In addition to the above nutrients, organically grown tomatoes are a ‘storehouse’ of a phenolic content present in the vegetable by an additional 139 percent as compared to commercial production. Phenolic content has been found to be effective in preventing human beings from contracting heart ailments, degenerative diseases and also several forms of the deadly disease, cancer. The organic red grapes possess an additional 30 percent of an antioxidant, resveratrol that is known to minimize the threat of developing fatal medical disorders such as cancer, cognitive disease Alzheimer’s, diabetes as well as heart ailments. The whole food ingredients present in the organic bread are 49 percent more with a minimal 7 percent of preservative than their concentration in natural bread and traditional bread having 10 percent and 24 percent food additive respectively.
The organically produced grains possess minimal levels of cadmium; a heavy metal that is consumed in high amounts can have hazardous effects on the human health.
Rapid rise in population and increasing commercialization has led to an increase in the crop produced by conventional methods, to fulfill the food requirements of the masses. This has invariably caused a lot of damage to the environment by way of soil erosion, soil degradation, water and land pollution which have impacted adversely the ecosystem and bio-diversity. On the other hand, the techniques of organic farming are intended to protect the Earth’s environment from further degradation. These techniques will prove very effective in combating the threats posed to our environment as a result traditional farming methods.
Now, we see the advantages that the organic foods enjoy over inorganic foods, not only from the perspective of its benefits on the health of the living beings on the planet, but also in its role in conserving our environment. This initiative of producing crops by the application of organic farming techniques is evolving as a widely used practice across the globe. It is being seen as a measure which will play an instrumental role in preserving our environment from further damage and also in providing the different forms of living beings on the Earth, healthy nutriments in the coming years.