Top 9 Myths about Organic Food
The quality of the food you eat and how that food is grown can have impacts on your mental and physical health, as well as the surrounding environments. Organic food has been touted as having many more beneficial nutrients, higher amounts of antioxidants, and smaller number of harmful chemicals than conventionally grown food. In today’s article, we are going to have a look at which of those claims are true, and which are myths.
1. Organic Food has Less Pesticides
TRUE: Due to the certification requirements of Australian organic foods organic food only has certified organic pesticides used during the growth process along with alternative pest controls. Alternative pest controls include floating row covers, pheromone traps, sticky traps, natural predators, and keeping resilient crops.
2. Organic Food is Fresher
TRUE : Since organic food does not include chemical preservatives to make it last longer, organic food is typically grown and distributed within a smaller area from where the farm is located.
3. Organic Food is Better for the Environment
TRUE: Part of the requirement for organic food production is focusing on a symbiosis with the natural environment. Check out some of the incredible ways farmers in Australia are working to preserve the natural world. By eliminating chemical pesticides and herbicides, animals have the opportunity to come back to the farmlands and set up healthy biodiverse communities. Many organic farms also focus on preserving parts of the natural environment by creating green barriers between fields and rivers to ensure the continued biodiversity in the area.
4. Organic Food Creates Less Yield
TRUE/FALSE : This claim is a generalization, and unfortunately every farm and climate has differing statistics based on their particular farming practices. In an extensive comparison of 39 published studies, analysis did show that organic farming produced lower yields than conventional farming. The final percentage decrease was on average 16% across all crops. Some organic farms, especially those focusing on permaculture have been seeing rises in organic crop yields promising a positive future for organic farming.
5. Organic Food will make you feel better
TRUE: By eating organic food, which is free from chemical filled pesticides, processed additives, your body will have an easier time to digest it. With the additional nutrients and fresh taste, you will also benefit by lessening your risk of disease, illness, and fatigue!
6. Organic Food is GMO-free
TRUE: One of the requirements for organic food in Australia, is that it remains free from GMOS. Genetically modified organisms are plants whose DNA has been changed by scientists in ways that cross breeding or natural selection could not achieve. Typically, the reasons for this DNA change is to increase resilience, and become resistant to pesticides. Organic food is more natural in this sense and has only changed according to cross breeding.
7. Organic food is cheaper
TRUE : If you look at the price displayed at the supermarket, you may get the impression that organic food is more expensive than conventionally grown food. However, in the long scale, purchasing organic food can help save you money by helping you prevent major illnesses with associated health care costs. You will also feel fuller by eating produce with higher levels of nutrients, since that is one of the ways your brain sends signals to your body that it is full. You can also grow organic food yourself, which makes it almost free!
8. Organic Meat and Dairy is richer in nutrients
TRUE: Results of many studies have shown that organic food has higher levels of certain nutrients. Particularly organic meat and milk was found to have up to 50% higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
9. Organic Fruits and Vegetables are richer in nutrients
TRUE: Studies have shown that organic foods have higher levels of certain nutrients including vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They are also significantly lower in nitrates and pesticide reviews. If you are curious which fruits and vegetables have the highest amount of pesticides, you should check out this blogpost.
Is Organic Food the Best?
While many people will dispute the health and environmental benefits of organic food, the truth is, especially with the Australian Certified Organic strict standards, the farmers ensure to produce the highest quality fruits and vegetables. If you want to know the precise impacts of the food you are eating, make sure to check out our other blogs about the organic local farm vendors in the area.