What is Organic Food?
Organic food is fresh or processed food produced by organic farming methods (1) including:
- Using compost and animal manures as fertilisers
- Non chemical sprays to kill weeds
- Biological methods to control pests
- Stock is fed organically
The organic food market has grown into a multibillion dollar industry, with increased demand seemingly being driven by a more nutritionally conscious, environmentally aware and overall well being concerned consumer. With this being said, organic also seems to have gained a reputation for being over priced and elitist. It is true that organic food can be much more expensive than non-organic, but is it worth it?
Whilst we might feel comfortable for richer folk to throw money away on something that ‘may’ be more healthy, how do we feel about those less fortunate that ‘may’ be reducing their health with every bite of non-organic food? Or is it one big marketing ploy designed to separate worried, health concerned families from more of their hard earned cash?
Turns out increasingly the question of ‘to organic or not to organic’ is an ethical one!
Organic food is food produced through organic farming methods which are believed to be better for the environment, the animals and for health. However, not everyone is convinced. With lots of health, environmental and ethical concerns at stake it is important to answer the question...should we be eating organic?