The Truth About Organic Farming Methods

Organic plant products are becoming popular today because more people are interested in eating healthy. I have been advocating the benefits of natural health products and the advantages of living a healthy diet lifestyle. A healthy diet lifestyle means, at least to me, a way to include natural products in our daily food, so that we can make our body stronger and enable it to fight naturally against diseases.

Our first objective when it comes to health should be preventing sicknesses with a balanced diet, and the prevention mechanism often happens naturally. Why? Because of our body’s ability to cure itself. However, it might become necessary to resort to remedies in order to deal with unforeseen health conditions.

An interesting question that is worth answering is “why we get sick in the first place?”. Usually, we become sick when bacteria, parasites, virus, and other antibodies enter our body through the air we breathe, the food and drink we consume or through openings in our skin. It is also true that other times, being ill can be caused by a combination of factors including our environment, our lifestyle and/or our genetics. While many of these illness factors may be beyond our control, we can fortify our body already equipped with immune systems to fight off foreign agents by carefully choosing what we eat; a choice that includes a nutrient-rich and pesticide-free food.

You have certainly heard about bio or organic food, and if you are reading this article, you probably favored them in your dishes or you are strongly considering doing so. Organic plant products are becoming very popular. In your local groceries stores, you will find aisles or whole sections highlighting organic or bio foods. The food industry has been flooded lately with many denominations, and if you often read the labels, you will find natural, organic, or bio crafted on many stickers. Without getting to the nitty-gritty details, let’s get the basic understanding that will allow us to make an informed choice about what to put in our grocery bags with our focus on plants.

“Organic” agricultural products – What are we getting with the organic logo?

It is important to know that the designation “organic” varies from country to country. In fact, products referred to as “organic” have to be certified by an appropriate regulatory body after verification of the organic farming methods and bear the proper logo attesting of the certification. Usually, a plant (vegetables, fruits, herbs …) labeled “organic’ means that it wasn’t genetically modified and was grown without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides and fertilizers. Rather, the use of natural methods such as insect traps, tilling and composts are favored to control pests and weeds and fertilize the soil.

Organic Versus Bio – What is the difference?

I have seen the two terms used interchangeably in various literature to refer to the same thing. It looks like the preferred term depends on the geographical location of where the product was certified. In North America, I have seen the “Organic” label used more often. As a consumer, I use bio when I want to take into consideration the environmental factors with respect to the natural genetic process of the plant. Globally speaking, if a product contains both names it is likely that it is being sold in different markets that use either description.

What are “Natural”, “Eco” and other attractive labels used for?

There are a lot of very attractive marketing labels out there that guarantee consumers interest and willingness to pay higher prices, but most often they don’t mean a lot more than some writing on a sticker. You have to be careful about these labels. The essential part is the strict regulations behind the logo that make sure of the methods used to bring quality to the end product. If a product label lacks regulation, it makes it difficult for consumers to determine what they are getting, and often time guess what? The label could mean different things on different products, and you are not getting more than what you will get with conventional products. Caution: always read the stickers to determine the content of the product that you are buying.

Does organic mean pesticides and herbicides free crops?

You might come to believe, as I did until recently, that organic means pesticides and herbicides free crops, but there is usually a restrictive list of synthetic products that are allowed to be used in organic crop production. The difference is that organic farms only use naturally-derived pesticides, rather than the synthetic pesticides used in conventional commercial farms. Natural pesticides are believed to be less toxic but nevertheless, there is some amount of toxicity in them.
Are there ways to remove the additive toxin from your food? Some studies have shown that washing your products can reduce but not eliminate pesticide residues. What I usually do is to soak my products into a clean mixture of water, vinegar, and salt for about 15 minutes and rinse them thoroughly with water. Peeling products that allow it also helps, but the downside here is that you are losing some valuable nutrients in the process.

My last works on Organic plant products

Are organic foods really better for you in term of health? Even though we should only consider health matters, for most of us, the answer comes down to two things: the quality and the price.

Many people believe that the organic label is overrated, contains no additional health benefits when compared to conventional products, and is only used by strong lobbies for their own selfish sake. Also, there have been some misconceptions about organic plants leading to the thinking that these labels are just marketing traps used to induce gullible people into spending more on their groceries.

There might be some truth to these negative beliefs, but let’s focus on some facts here. First, it is important to consider that the growing methods makes no difference in the nutrients in the crops. This means that conventional crops are as rich in nutrient as their organic counterparts. What usually makes the difference is the amount of chemical, pesticides, and herbicides in the products. Pesticides are poisons to our body, and the less we inject, the better we are. That makes organic product an important choice for your health.

Yes, organic food can be relatively a bit more expensive than conventional food, but don’t you want to spend more for the sake of your health? I recently came to consider organic food during my wife’s pregnancy, and I could tell you one thing: There are plenty of affordable organic choices in the market, and in some cases, organic products may even be cheaper than the conventional ones.

Organic plant products are really more than a fashion. To me, the best approach to eating healthy is to grow your own crops or buy organic when possible. Also, always make sure to wash and scrub all products thoroughly and eat a varied diet.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this article. Over the years I became more and more confused by the organic label. I know that marketers put cute little labels on their products to make you think that you are getting more for bang for your buck. However, I’m glad you broke it down.

    Nonetheless, I’m still somewhat confused. If organic had toxins (less than conventional), conventional still have the same nutrients, and ‘some’ (not all) can be washed off with vinegar and water (I use baking soda sometimes), I no longer see the point of buying all organic.

    Perhaps you can break it down a little more for me.

    • Hi Lane,

      The takeout from this is that with the control of organic farms, you make sure you get a fewer amount of pesticides and herbicides upfront. Plus those pesticides are natural with fewer effect on your health. I hope that clarifies it for you.

      Regards,

  2. I thought this was a very interesting article. We are more concerned now than we ever have been about what foods we eat. We try to eat more organic when we can afford to. It does seem, though, that organic prices have gone down over the past few years. There is so much toxins in food now days and to think we put that in our bodies. We want to avoid that as much as we can.
    Thanks for the information!

    • Hi Lynn,

      I totally agree with you. All these chemicals that we inject today are deadly. If you look closely enough, you will find some very good deals about organic products. Keep your eyes opened.

      Cheers

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