Organic food is the food derived from animals and plants that have been grown and raised in accordance with the strict guidelines associated with government’s agriculture department definition of the term, Organic. In order to be certified as an organic food, food must be grown without the use of products such as manufactured fertilizers, synthetic or man-made pesticides, additives that control or modify growth, antibodies, and/or and livestock feed containing additives.
Back in the 1950-1960’s, life was changing. Women were beginning to work outside the home and the trend then was convenience. Processed foods meant a good meal could be delivered to the table in a fraction of the time. The market for frozen and processed foods literally took off in the year to come.
Organic food was definitely not something that most people gave much attention to or cared about. A quick visit to the supermarket could now provide a family with enough food for several days and that’s how life continued, fueled by the need for speed and convenience.
Lately, people’s feelings towards the food they eat are changing once again. This time, the change is being fueled by the feeling that people no longer know what they’re putting into their bodies. Time and again we hear the news about E. coli outbreaks, genetic food engineering, the potential dangers of eating foods that are shot up with growth hormones to make them bigger and better, and other frightening information. Tired of feeling out of control, eating organic has become chic and has definitely become the latest trend in eating among people from all levels of society.
True organic food is more expensive than non-organic food, but the trade-offs are well worth the additional cost. Not only is organic food better for those who consume it, the people who eat organic foods claim these foods actually taste better than those grown and raised without this strict definition. In fact, eating organic is the best way and really is the only way to feel 100% confident about the foods that are consumed.
Today, farmers are changing the way they grow their foods to take advantage of this increased demand for organic produce. Unfortunately for produce growers, it can take up to 3-4 full years for the land to cleanse itself of the synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that have been applied during all the years prior to growing organic. But the wait is a worthwhile trade-off as well.
So sit back and think what food are you feeding your family and kids, is it GMO, Manufactured Fertilizers, Synthetic Chemicals free ?