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Organic Food Information
Organic Food Advantages: An Overview
Organic food information is still relatively hard to access; particularly organic food statistics. For example, comparisons of organic food prices and organic food advantages will help you decide that organics is the best choice for you and your family.
What are organic foods? What's bad about genetically modified foods - and what's their effect on you and the environment? What are organic food advantages? The answers to these questions will help you commit to organics.
This organic food information overview covers some of the topics available to you on this website. Please click on the in-text links or the additional reading links to go directly to topic content pages.
Organic food advantages and benefits are significant for all life on this planet. It is important to understand 'what are organic foods' and how they are managed. There are laws and standards around the world that have been developed to ensure that organic foods are grown to specific organic requirements (generally: no genetic modification, no irridation, no chemicals, no additives, no intensive farming, and more).
Law and Standards
The production and processing of organic foods in the UK is governed by legislation brought in by the European Union in 1992 (EU-Eco-regulation)and later amendments and additions.
Based on this legislation, and UK government interpretation of it, certain designated organisations monitor, inspect and certificate the producers and processors at a national level. The largest is the Soil Association.
For information on organic food law and standards in the EU and UK, please visit organic food standards.
For more information on organic food regulation in the US, click on USDA (NOP).
In Canada, organic food standards are requlated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the acts and regulation they enforce are: the Canada Agricultural Products Act and Organic Products Regulations, 2009.
Organic Food Information: Human Health Benefits
As the move for organic food has grown over the years, opposition to it, perhaps from those whose livelihoods depend on conventional production, have raised doubts about benefits to human health. Conflicting research has been produced from both sides and organic food information from some sources can be ambiguous.
Recently though, meticulous research from various, authoritative sources proves that organically produced food is better for our health in many ways. For detailed information please visit benefits of organic food
Organic Food Information: Environmental Health Hazards
31,000 tonnes of pesticides per-year are now used on crops in the UK. The vast majority are man-made synthetic chemicals.
That, together with other synthetic inputs, excessive cultivation, genetically modified foods, and the use of monoculture, results in the depletion of soil and the destruction of life within the soil and above it.
Ecological systems are broken down. Micro-organisms, insects, birds and mammals either die or are pushed away from land that is continually poisoned.
Organic agriculture moves against this destruction by adhering to certain principles in farming. Visit the benefits of organic farming for clear explanations of these principles and how the intensive and organic systems of farming differently affect the environment.
The opposition to genetically modified foods (GM foods) is fierce. Governments and corporations try to force them on the world, saying that it is the only way everyone can be fed. The argument to that is that there is already enough food for the world.
The problem is that the poor either can't afford to buy food or cannot get access to it. And organic food prices can be higher than commercially produced (with chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and more) foods.
But you need to look behind the organic prices to understand that you can eat less organic food to get the necessary nutrition; and organic food statistics demonstrate that it has a much more environmentally friendly impact on the planet (saving us dollars in environmental health).
If you are concerned about the cost of converting to organic food, start gradually. Grow your own vegetables in your garden or on your patio, balcony or deck. Buy organic foods once a week, then once every couple of days. Keep track of your prices. Buy organic foods that are grown or produced locally and that are in season (less transportation and warehousing costs) - the organic food advantages are worth it.
Please visit genetically modified foods for an explanation of genetically modified foods and crops and the contentious issues behind it.
Fairtrade food - Is It Organic?
If you need clarification on the differences and similarities in organic and fairtrade food, please visit Fairtrade and Organic Food
Fair trade food is good for the people working to produce and deliver it (fair trade is related to social and working conditions) - but it is not about how the food was grown and/or processed (in other words, it is not about being a certified organic product).
However if you can find a food product (or products) that is Fairtrade AND Organic - that would be a very good product for the environment and for the people working in that industry.
To find out more organic food information, use the Organic Food Site-Map
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