Organic foods: 3 things we do not know about them

We all always try to ignore the facts about certain things in our life and organic foods are not an exception. The 3 things presented below are things we do not know in depth or better expressed we ignore  as consumers. Especially the first matter is revealed in an way through the carefull reading of food label and more specifically the ingredients declaration and nutrional values.

1st matter

A. Organic food are the heathiest option

Let’s explain why organic foods are a very healthy option. They are free from:

  • Growth hormones, usually injected into animals, traces of them can mess up the human hormone system,
  • Antibiotics,
  • Toxic pesticides, such as round-up
  • Insecticides, such as neonicotinoids or coumaphos which kill useful insects such honeybees and wild bees
  • Chemical preservatives, such as suplhites, nitrates, nitrites, sorbates, benzoic acid salts
  • Chemical flavour enhancers, MSG,
  • Artificial sweeteners, saccharine and aspartame
  • Artificial chemical fertilisers,
  • Genetically modified organisms or ingredients, or components.
    All there are known with the abbreviation GMO. That means their DNA has been changed by scientists in a lab, thus a human intervention in nature process.
  • Artificial food colourings, such as Sudan dyes
  • Herbicides,
  • Artificial food flavourings

All the above are not allowed in the organic farming of raising animals, cultivating crops, and the production or packing of organic foods. The absence of these chemical toxic compounds render the organic foods the healthiest option available for all consumers. Healthiest option means that the consumption of these organic foods will not cause any diseases. On the other hand conumption of conventional food containing the above vhemicals can cause from asthma to cancer. There are studies showing that pesticides even affect the cognitive development of children (1).

Organic foods are clean, clean from the dangerous substances, they should be chosen frequently by the consumers.

Pesticide residues are the main concern along with GMO. No matter how well a produce is washed the pesticide residues will never entirely removed. Also with the GMO crops, we do not know:

how the GMO crops interact with the normal organic crops, and

After this abnormal interaction of GMO crop with Non-GMO crop, a new resulted product appears with altered DNA. This new altered crop will interact with human DNA and we do not know the results of this interaction. It is going against the process of nature.

Previous studies where GMO potatoes had been fed to mice had shown that the mice developed tumour cancers. Other GM crops developed to resist the effects of weedkiller have now been unable to cope with the DNA alteration and they collapse after the usage of herbicides.

We all know Dolly the cloned sheep in Scotland, where the experiment was a total failure and now we have the GM salmon in Canada and GM crops in US. UK is doing experiments with the wheat to introduce to GM wheat to avoid the burning of bread slices in the toaster. Is this the real purpose or is it used as a little weak door of the castle of No GMO regime in continental Europe?

Organic Kalamata olives

2nd matter

B. Organic foods have various appearances

This difference mainly apply to fruits and vegetables. As a consumer you will see fruits with smaller size, cracks or blemishes on the surface. They do not look super shiny and do not have perfect shape but they look imperfect and real. Organic foods such as fruits are neither identical nor uniform in structure, colour or shape. They are not polished-The duller their appearance is, the better, showing thats the way nature works.

3rd matter

C. Organic farming is environment friendly and sustainable

The main disaster of conventional farming is the promise that you can do cultivate everything, everywhere, but after 15 years, everything would be dead: the growing field would be dead as it would be absolutely full of pesticides and heavy metals which would render the ormanic matter dead, therefore further cultivation will be no viable anymore.

Until recently, we have had the agriculturists advising farmers to use as much toxic pesticide as they could in order to save their crops. Now, with organic farming, all these have been removed and instead natural substances to fight off pests and organic compost are used.

Due to absence of these toxic pesticides, heavy metals, GMO, herbicides, the organic farming practically conserves the quality of the soil, water and the air. We would say that organic farming does not only conserve the earth quality but it promotes sustainability working in harmony with nature.

Organic farming practices are sustainable, as the farmers/growers respect the nature with all its elements animals and trees/plants and they will never push it to produce more especially when there is a bad harvest season.

There are reports mentioning that there is a huge contamination of the rivers in Europe with pesticides and they had been used several years before their detection and remain there. The environmental pollution made by pesticides, heavy metals and GMO is non reversible.

Animal manure such poulty, hog and cow manure or composting are used to feed the soil and weeds are managed by rotating crops, using cover crops and tillage.

Tip:

The widely used term ”Natural” is not linked or connected to certified organic product. Its meaning is vague and is used by the food manufacturers as alternative way to attract consumers to buy conventional food instead of organic. The use Natural is not regulated by any country in the world and there are not current farming practices under its umbrella as the organic is under the organic farming standards.

Sources:
1. Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review
Environmental Health volume 16, Article number: 111 (2017)
2. Livestock antibiotics and rising temperatures disrupt soil microbial communities, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
3. Food Preservatives and their harmful effects, Dr Sanjay Sharma, International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 5, Issue 4, April 2015
4. Effects of Preservatives and Emulsifiers on the Gut Microbiome By: Angel Kaufman Spring 2021 A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in Biology in cursu honorum Reviewed and approved by Dr. Jill Callahan Professor, Biology
5. Pesticides and antibiotics polluting streams across Europe, by Damian Carrington, found on https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/08

6. Study links insecticide use to invertebrate die-offs by Damian Carrington on https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/may/01/study-links-insecticide-invertebrate-die-off

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