Organically-grown foods are more popular among consumers in the past twenty years. In fact, U.S. consumers spent almost $40 billion on organic produce in 2014 alone. People’s cravings for organics doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon either. Sales went up 11% between 2014 and 2015. This is because many people find organically-grown food to be a safer, more delicious, and more nutritious option than non-organic equivalents. Others believe it is better for the environment and is best for animals as well. We will review organically-grown food with non-organics and see why people may prefer organics over non-organics.
What Is Organic Food?
If a food is organic, it has been grown without using artificial hormones, chemicals, or antibiotics. These foods also don’t use genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Food can only be labeled “organic” if it has no artificial food additives.
Organically-grown produce usually uses natural fertilizers to improve their growth. Any animals raised on an organic farm are not given any antibiotics or hormones.
Organic farming also tends to be good for raising the quality of soil, as well as helps to preserve groundwater. It also lowers pollution, making it a potentially better farming method for the earth.
Organics May Be More Nutritious
It is unconfirmed whether organically-grown food is more nutritious than non-organic substitutes. This is possibly because of how the food was handled and produced, leading to too much variation in food to conduct proper testing. However, evidence is starting to lean towards the idea that organically-grown food could be the more nutritious option for consumers.
Organics Have More Antioxidants And Vitamins
Several studies have been run, and have concluded that organically-grown foods usually have more antioxidants as well as specific micronutrients, including vitamin C.
Antioxidant levels in organic food have been reported to be up to 69% greater than in non-organics.
Organic plants, fortunately, don’t suffer from reliance on chemical pesticides to keep themselves safe. Instead, they produce antioxidants that help keep them safe, making them more independently resilient.
Nitrate Levels Tend To Be Lower
Organically-grown food tends to have lower nitrate levels as well, sometimes up to 30% lower than non-organics. This appeals to consumers because nitrate has been associated with certain types of cancer.
Nitrates have also been connected to a particular condition named methemoglobinemia. This condition is found in infants and affects their ability to carry oxygen in their bodies.
Some claim the harm nitrates can cause is exaggerated. However, this shouldn’t stop consumers from choosing organically-grown produce.
Baywater Farms Has The Right Produce For You
Baywater Farms is a family-owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. We are capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce possible.