If you take a stroll into your local supermarket, then you will likely see an organic section that is becoming increasingly larger each time you visit. So why are people flocking to organic food at an increasing rate?
Generally speaking, the developed world has become progressively more health and body conscious in the last decade or two, and this trend looks set to continue, as does the rise of the organic food.
Lack of pesticides
One of the major drawing points to organic food is the lack of pesticides which are used during its growing and cultivation. The public as a whole has become progressively more suspicious of the role of pesticides on crops and what the potential negative effects may be for the human body after consumption.
Limited or no preservatives
Along with no pesticides, using a limited, or zero amount of preservatives in the food you eat is a more enticing thought for many consumers. Many people will often prefer the taste of fruits and vegetables that have had no preservatives, or pesticides, even if there is a shorter shelf-life.
There are a large number of health benefits attributed to eating organic food over non-organic food, as due to the lack of pesticides and preservatives that are used during the cultivation process, it means that potentially harmful chemicals are kept away from the organic food that we consume and out of our bodies.
Another benefit of purchasing organic food is that it boosts organic farms across the country, which is better for the environment, as harmful practices are therefore reduced. By conserving water and reducing soil erosion, organic farming without pesticides is healthier for the natural environment, as well as the animals, insects and birds in the vicinity of the crops.
Organically raised animals
Organic food does not just consist of fruits and vegetables, as many people think, but can also refer to animals that are raised in an organic way. This includes not providing them with potentially harmful and unethical products, such as growth hormones, feed with animal by-products or antibiotics in order to unnaturally feed, or bulk-up the animal. By avoiding these methods, the risk of BSE (also known as mad cow disease) is reduced, along with a number of other potential problems.
One area that an increasing number of people are concerned about is genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) foods entering our diets. This refers to food where its DNA has been changed, in order to breed, or remove a certain characteristic or vulnerability. Whether GM or GE food is beneficial or harmful is a topic of much debate, with many people deeply concerned at the thought of the potential impacts.
Although organic food may often cost more than its non-organic counterparts, an increasing number of people believe that the advantages listed above and others that may not have been listed are worth paying that extra amount.