Organic diets are becoming more and more popular as sustainability and our impact on the climate both become ever more visible themes within the media and the wider public consciousness.
However, while that might be the case, it isn’t to say that these have to be your only reasons for choosing to take up an organic diet. In fact, an organic diet can often
Fresher, nutritious foods
Some people turn to organic diets because they’re keen to ensure their diet is as fresh as it can be. Because of the lack of preservatives used on organic produce, it’s almost always the case that organic food is fresher.
However, this might not be the case if it’s been shipped in from elsewhere in the state or country. You can avoid a situation like this by ensuring you buy local as much as possible. If you’ve chosen to take up an organic diet on the recommendation of a qualified dietician, do make sure that they haven’t directly contradicted the advice of a doctor, such as advising you stop taking a certain treatment. If something like this has happened to you, that dietician would open themselves up to a malpractice suit.
That said, there is often more nutrition in an organic diet.In fact, one study from 2016 found that there was up to 50% more omega 3 fatty acids ( a particularly important part of our diets) in organic milk and meat compared to their non organic counterparts, demonstrating how much more beneficial organic food can be.
Sustainable Agricultural Practices
One key focus of organic foods is sustainability, to ensure that any food produced in an organic fashion has as little an impact on the environment as possible. It’s also heavily focused on ensuring any livestock are fed naturally, and allowed to graze freely, as opposed to battery farming in cramped, unsanitary conditions.
For example, rather than relying on crop dusters that coat crops in potentially toxic pesticides to stop pests, an organic farm would instead use traps or other insects that will weed out and attack the insects that would eat and damage the crops. The ideal end-goal of an organic farm is to essentially create a self-sustaining farming ecosystem, that doesn’t require any unnatural chemicals or tactics to operate smoothly.
Chemical & Antibiotic-Free
As touched on above, one of the key issues with regular farming is that livestock are often kept in cramped and unsanitary conditions, which can lead to serious health issues. This is especially the case when you consider that some farms use growth hormones on their livestock to maximize meat yield.
To get around this, many farm owners will resort to pumping their animals full of antibiotics, rather than ensure they’re farming safely and ethically. One of the key issues that this can lead to is the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. By purchasing from organic farms, you can be sure that you’re buying clean, natural meat.
While one point against organic farming is that it’s more expensive than mass produced meat, buying organic helps you play a part in helping the environment. Even if you start small with only a few changes to your diet, everyone has to start somewhere.
Organic foods offer consumers a safe, clean, and time-tested option. Modern diets full of nutrient-depleted and chemical-laden foods are untested in the long run. The reliance of such foods has created a dangerous rise in bacteria as well as likely negative impacts on health. Keep in mind the benefits of organic foods the next time you are at the grocery stores and steer yourself towards the organic produce section!