Organic food is becoming increasingly popular because of its health and environmental benefits.
According to Organic Agriculture specialist Thiago Tadeu Campos (Master Consultant on Organic Production), many people do not know how to distinguish conventional food (non-organic) from organic food and do not know the advantages of adhering to a chemical-free diet.
But after all, what are the organic foods?
Organic food is the final product of organic agriculture, a way of production that avoids the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Unlike the production of foods derived from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), the famous transgenic foods, which are genetically modified in order to improve the quality of the product and resistance to local pests, the organic farming system aims to promote a socially and economically sustainable production, resorting to the use of organic fertilizer, land rotation systems and the control of natural pests without the use of pesticides.
Currently, organic food is not restricted to fruits and vegetables purchased at specific fairs. It is possible to find several types of these foods to complement your diet, from daily consumption products such as rice, beans, eggs and chicken, to foods such as wine, honey and even organic cocoa or organic chocolate.
What are the benefits of organic food?
There is a popular awareness that leads society to believe that an organic food base is healthier than a conventional one, this is due to the scientific foundations that prove these benefits. Let’s see below what are the main advantages of inserting an organic food in your diet:
An organic food is not subjected to any chemical element potentially harmful to soil, air or water. Chemical intervention is avoided as much as possible, keeping the environment free of toxins.
Buyers have stopped consuming conventional foods because of the harm caused by their long-term consumption. Due to the extensive use of chemical components in its production, food absorbs such substances.
Substitution by organic food has been a viable alternative for those seeking a healthy diet. In addition, by preferring to consume organic food, you are not only contributing to your own well-being, but are also acting in a sustainable way towards the environment.
Seeking to prevent certain diseases, antioxidants are introduced into the composition of food, since they combat the effects of free radicals in the body. Organic foods, on the other hand, naturally preserve these properties, preserving their nutritional value.
Although the costs associated with organic food are slightly higher, they are still viable. Mainly for its nutritional benefits and positive effects on long-term disease prevention. It is a low investment when weighed against the consequences for health, physical condition and well-being.
Organic food is currently available in a variety of locations, from large supermarket chains to small businesses. Another advantage of organic food is that, considering the proper precautions, anyone can choose to grow these foods in their own backyard, benefiting their family and maintaining close contact with nature.
This shows that organic products are socially just and can be consumed and cultivated by anyone, regardless of their social status.
So why are organic foods more expensive?
Unfortunately, organic food is more expensive than conventional food for some reasons that will soon cease to exist, since such products have already begun to be produced on a large scale.
The production costs of organic products are even higher due to the difficulty in resorting to industrial production systems and the lack of investment in technologies that carry out the work without harming the organicity of the food.
However, with the way in which organic agriculture has been established in Brazil and in the world, all the technological innovations and plans for large-scale production, the costs of production, processing, distribution and marketing should gradually reduce over the next few years, further popularizing the production of organic and, consequently, benefiting the consumer, who can enjoy such nutrients in their daily lives.
A simple alternative to dodge the high cost of organic food is to produce your own planting, either in your apartment, home, farm, place or wherever you prefer.
This is much simpler than people imagine and you can produce only what interests you most or the products that are simpler and require less attention.