5 THINGS YOU ARE GETTING WRONG ABOUT ORGANIC FOOD
We have all heard of this thing ‘organic food’ right?! But what does it actually mean? We all still have lots of things to learn about the world of organic food and there is so much information out there, it can all seem a bit overwhelming.
Today I am going to bust some common myths and misconceptions that you may have about organic food.
Here are the 5 things you may be getting wrong about organic food:
- Organic food is the same as natural food
False. Let’s not confuse “natural” and “organic”.
Organic food means produce that is unadulterated and as nature intended it to be; grown with no pesticides, no chemicals, well-nourished soil and animals reared with food that is chemical and toxin free. Nothing added and nothing taken away. It also encompasses the process by which food is cultivated, packaged and transported.
Only foods that are grown and processed according to organic standards can be labelled and certified organic.
- Any farm can produce organic food.
False. Organic food can only come from organic farms. Instead of using chemical-based fertilizers to create a high-yield soil, organic farming uses traditional methods of ploughing the soil to break down soil compaction that can reduce water and air getting to the plants’ roots, rotating the crops to prevent crop-specific diseases or pests from building up in the soil, and growing cover crops that naturally add nutrients to the soil.
Organic farms are much friendlier for the earth and the local economy than massive corporate farming practices.
- It’s difficult to find organic products
False. These days you can get organic foods at most supermarkets. Woolworths is big into offering organic produce that is healthier for us and the environment. and straight from the farmers at local markets.
Organic products usually have a label or sticker on them that clearly indicates that the content is organic.
You can also get your organic products straight from the farmers at local markets.
PRO TIP: To find out where there’s an organic market near you, you can simply Google: “Organic Food Market (insert city name)”.
- Just because it says ‘organic’ means that it is 100% organic.
False. On any organic item there should be a tiny logo indicating the organic certifier, in much the same way as food is certified Kosher or Halaal.
Every product that is produced under the 100% organic standards has to tell you who the certifier is. Typically, an organic logo will give the name of the certifying agency (an acronym), and a certification code that can be traced back and verified on request.
If you do not see an indication of the certifying body but the packaging says ‘organic’ this may mean that the item has components that have been grown/produced according to the organic standards but does not meet 100% of the standards.
That is not to say that we need to dismiss this product entirely now. It is just good to be educated and know the standard of the things we are consuming.
Often smaller farmers don’t have the revenue to get organically certified but do follow all the regulations of organic farming. It is worth chatting to your local farmers to see if this is the case so that you can support them too.
- Organic doesn’t mean healthier
False. Organic food contains fewer pesticides and up to 40% more nutrients. Pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, and leave trace residues. These toxins build up over time in our bodies into what we call a ‘toxic overload’ that may cause a whole array of health issues for us.
Also, a plant loses it nutritional value when its natural components and balance is altered. What nutrients remain after these alterations may not be able to be effectively absorbed by our bodies either, leaving our foods with very little nutritional value.