Food is an indispensable part of human life. It happens to be the first mention in one of the famous Hindi proverbs ‘Rotti, Kapada, Makkan’. Among the category of food, one of the most demanded tags these days is the organic tag. Many of us prefer organic food over conventional food categories because of its high nutrition value. A major chunk of us believes that organic food is safer for healthier living. But the fact is that there are a lot of misconceptions regarding organic food. In this narrative, we are discussing some of the popular misconceptions about organic food. Next time when you use a food ordering app, be an informed consumer.
Organic food is not healthier
According to a Stanford study conducted on over 700 participants, there was no substantial evidence that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. However, some researches have found that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food as well. The major aspect of food obviously is the nutritional value, but it isn’t the primary factor that needs to be considered while comparing organic and conventional food.
The major aspect to evaluate is the pesticide content. Here is an alarming thought – pesticides, no matter which one, is used to kill things that cause harm to the thing where it is applied. The relevant question to ask here is whether to consume food that has poison in it or to have poison-free food. The amount of nutrients stays aside. So the important aspect is to choose pesticide-free food rather than evaluating the nutrient content, which is relatively constant.
Genetical Engineering is harmful
The scientific advancements have created a lot of path-breaking findings in genetical engineering. We are able to create genetically engineered vegetables and animal species to suit our conveniences. However, these genetically engineered vegetables or animals are typically believed as not healthy or safe for conception when compared with naturally grown vegetables or animals. There is no proven statistics that augments the thought.
Regulatory authorities have approved the consumption of various genetically modified and engineered animals. Genetically engineered products are an effective alternative for curbing high product prices for the naturally harvested products. They can be harvested in artificially created environments where they can easily thrive. It’s also a way to meet the increasing demand for products, besides saving certain species from extinction as well.
Conventional food comes from ‘factories’
In the modern-day, especially in urban areas, food market places are largely marketing the organic tag. People are just motivated to buy a product knowing the fact that it’s coming from an organic background. But this has made us believe that conventional food products are coming from ‘factories’ – in the sense that they are made artificially with fewer nutrients. However, the fact is that conventional foods are also grown in farms.
More than 75 percent of the farms around us are small scale operations. They are typically family-owned businesses. Only a quarter of the food production is essentially coming from large scale organic farms, which doesn’t ensure that the need is met. Our surging demand is timely met by these small scale family businesses. Hence there is no chance to think that conventional products are coming from ‘factories’.
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