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Organic Food

What does it mean for a food item to be organic? What are the benefits of organic foods?

Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of pesticide, herbicide, chemical fertilizers and preservatives. Soil on which they are grown is also all natural; the entire growing process does not cause any harm to the ecosystem, as organic farming only employs the most basic elements, such as sunlight, water and air.

Organic fruits and vegetables are more expensive than the ordinary ones as more manpower is needed to grow them; the farmer also has to deal with more challenges, such as pests and reduced yield due to less effective nutrient supplies.

Organic meats come from animals raised with all natural, sometimes even organic, feeds. These animals were never treated with hormones, antibiotics, or stimulants. The eggs and milk from animals raised this way are also considered organic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture imposes strict rules regarding organic food products, so that only the truly organic food items will say “organic” on their labels.

Organic foods have the same nutritional value as those of ordinary foods; they are comparatively more expensive because they are guaranteed not to contain any artificial or chemical substances, and this promise gives these food products their value.

 

 
     

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