Five Things You Didn't Know About Organic Produce

 

 

So you consider yourself a tree hugger; one who fights firmly for Mother Earth. You religiously categorize your trash in the recycling bin, and do your due diligence when it comes to making sure your stylish options are also environmentally responsible. Organic agriculture, as you probably already know, is the “greener” thing to do. Despite so, there is more to organic food than what may immediately apparent. Little did you know…

ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IS NOT REALLY A NEW THING

You might think that going organic is the latest fad this season, but all agriculture was actually organic right up to the 1920s, when research started to focus on chemicals and pesticides. Right after World War II around the 1950s was when chemical laden crops started to be the status quo. It took more than two decades later before advocates started to push for alternatives to the harmful industrial methods, starting what is popularly known today as the organic movement.

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ORGANIC PRODUCE IS NOT ALWAYS LOCAL

When you buy organic food, you might mistakenly believe that it automatically translates to locally produced, but that is not always the case. Organic food simply refers to produce that has been grown without chemicals or pesticides, but may have originated tens of thousands of miles away. When in doubt, always check the label, especially if local produce is what you are after.

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IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE HYGIENIC

You may not find the effects of eating non-organic food to be immediately apparent, but the chemicals have deeply embedded inside the produce, whether it is meat, vegetables or fruit. Even if you practice proper food hygiene and care to rinse your food thoroughly, the chemicals may still remain. Of course, it is still better to rinse your food, no matter if its organic or not.

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ORGANIC PRODUCE ARE NOT NECESSARILY PESTICIDE-FREE

Produce that have been labelled as organic may not necessarily have been free of pesticides. After all, how else would the produce have found its way to your kitchen without looking absolutely rotten and free of damage from bugs? Of course, to earn that organic label, the pesticides used on the food have to be certified as non-synthetic.

ORGANIC FISH?

When shopping for organic produce, look out for the official stamp of organic approval that would deem the produce free of synthetic chemicals. Unfortunately, because receiving the certification is not without bearing its high cost, some farmers opt out of getting the official seal, even if they may choose to grow their crops organically. Despite so, it is safer to stick to buying produce with the official seal. Of course, in a sea of organic fruits, meat and vegetables, you might find seafood that have also been termed “organic”. Beware of these seafood, as these often take on the label as a marketing tactic to sell at a higher cost. As of now, the standards to certify certain aquaculture as organic are blurry and highly debated, including whether wild fish should be classified as organic. Despite being free of pesticides and unsustainable rearing methods, the aquaculture industry may not actually be environmentally sustainable.

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