What Benefits does Orangic Food Offer?

According to the USDA Organic “is a labeling term that indicates hat the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.”  In order to be certified by the USDA no synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering can be used.  Furthermore, to insure that you are purchasing organic food make sure there is a USDA organic seal in order to verify that the product is certified organic and has 95 percent or more organic content.

There is a whole assortment of terms used on labels like free-range, cage-free, grass-fed, pasture-raised, humane, no added hormones, and last but not least natural.  Natural, as required by USDA, meat, poultry, and egg products labeled as “natural” must be minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients.  This regulation only applies to the processing of meat and egg products, and does not include any standards regrading farm practices.  So that natural pasta sauce doesn’t really mean much of anything.

As long as the product is actually certified, we can feel secure that it has been produced in a better method than usual, but what about the food item itself.  It wrong it assume that just because a food item is organic that it has better nutritional value.  While there may be no significant nutritional difference between organic and conventional produce, organic does have lower levels of pesticide residue.  “The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods” a review done at Sanford University.

Everyone is taking a part of the rise of organic food.  Walmart plans to partner with the Wild Oats organic products  “a range of wallet-friendly organic food products” which cuts label prices by at least 25 percent compared to other brand-name organic competitors.  Target is also expanding its partnerships with 17 natural and organic brands in order to expand its selection.  Sales of products labeled natural and organic grew 7.5 percent in 2012, twice the overall growth rate of conventional food and nonfood products, according to the Organic Trade Association.  Organic food accounted for $29 billion in United States sales in 2012, according to the most recent data, the Organic Trade Association said. Ten years earlier, its sales were $8 billion.

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Posted on April 13, 2014, in Healthy Lifestyle and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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