FLORA & HOMOEOPATHIC
The popularity of organic food is in direct response to the world's growing health consciousness. Farmers in many countries naturally produce organic food already because they cannot afford to spray pesticides to help preserve their crops. Farmers in other countries, including the UK, are making the choice to stop using pesticides, or to use less, due to the increasing demand for organic food. Prior to the invention of pesticides, all food was grown organically. The trend toward organic food is taking the world back to our farming roots.
What Does It Mean for a Food to be Organic?
Typically, organic food means that farmers are forbidden to use chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Organic beef means cows have not been given antibiotics.
Most countries require that a food is certified by a third party before carrying an "organic" label. In the UK, organic standards are regulated by the European Commission.
Why Would I Choose Organic?
Though data is inconclusive that organic food is any healthier than nonorganic food, some people claim that it is healthier because it avoids the use of synthetic pesticides and food additives.
Organic food tends to be more expensive than nonorganic food, so some consumers only some organic foods. One metric they use to decide whether they should buy an organic fruit, for example, is the thinness of its skin. A fruit with thin skin would allow pesticide to seep deep into the flesh. For those consumers who selectively buy organic produce, here are the best fruits and vegetables to choose organic:
• Citrus fruits
• Peaches and nectarines
• Beans or peas in a pod
• Sweet potatoes and yams
• Courgettes and marrows
Conversely, here are some of the fruits and vegetables least likely to absorb pesticides:
• Star fruit
Though fruits and vegetables are the focus of the organic food movement, other foods, including milk, cereal, and meat may be certified organic if they were produced with all organic ingredients.
Where Can I Buy Organic Food?
Organic food is available in most grocery stores, and some restaurants serve only organic food or label which menu offerings are organic. Some grocery stores offer an organic-only section, which makes it easy to differentiate. In other stores, consumers will need to look for an "organic" label on the fruit or vegetable itself or on the sign the store uses to label the produce.
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