Why ‘organic food’ is that much better than ‘inorganic food’
With the buzz around organic and eco-friendly products on the rise, it is hard not to dive deeper into the topic and understand why some foods are called ‘organic’ and some ‘inorganic’.
What exactly are ‘organic foods’?
In general, the average consumer knows that organic foods have been produced without certain kinds of fertilizers and pesticides but the term ‘organic’ has a lot more attached to it. It’s not a matter of simply turning off the chemical sprayers. The organic farming community must learn to manage soil nutrients without fertilizer and tackle weeds and insects without herbicides and insecticides.
In actuality, foods featuring the organic seal are grown and processed following a set of regulations which include,
-Using only approved pest-control methods, such as crop rotation, to act as natural deterrents.
-Synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified seeds , antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones, artificial preservatives, flavours, or colours are not allowed.
-Certified farms are regularly inspected for compliance.
The toxic truth about modern food
So what is it that we are consuming nowadays? What we eat now is a greater cause of disease and death in the world than either tobacco or alcohol. According to a paper published by the University of North Carolina, “In 2015, around 7 million people died from tobacco smoke, and 2.75 million from causes related to alcohol, but 12 million deaths could be attributed to “dietary risks” such as diets low in nutritional vegetables, pluses and or diets high in processed meats and sugary drinks”.
Where humans used to live in fear of plague or tuberculosis, now the leading cause of mortality worldwide is diet. The rise of obesity and diet-related disease around the world has happened hand in hand with the marketing of cheaply available inorganic vegetables and foods.
Non-organic foods are produced with the help of chemical, pesticides and herbicides which are harmful for human health and inorganic food health risks are many more. When chemicals are used in foods, the residue remains in the foods in spite of boiling & cooking and it gets linked with different organs disrupting the normal functioning. Even non-organic foods are processed foods as they are foods that contain additives or preservatives to last them for a long time.
Why did the ‘organic’ to ‘inorganic’ switch happen?
The development and advancements in human lifestyles brought with it a challenge of feeding a growing population. Today, it continues to remain a pressing challenge.
So, high-yielding varieties are being used with an infusion of irrigation water, fertilisers and pesticides. This combination of high-yielding production technology has helped the world develop surplus food. However, unfortunately, it has brought concerns of soil health, environmental pollution, pesticide toxicity, and sustainability of agricultural production.
What are the health risks involved in consuming genetically modified foods?
The two main risks involved in consuming genetically modified foods are:
a. Arsenic Cancer:
Inorganic foods produced and processed using chemical fertilisers consist of arsenic residues. This residue acts as a poison over a period of time in the human body and hence causes cancer.
b. Brain Damage:
The brain is damaged due to non-organic food consumption. Food produced using pesticides have shown that the compound called organophosphate is a harmful chemical and it plays a major role in altering the neurotransmitter receptor of the brain. This makes the brain lose its ability to perform well.
What are the risks that inorganic foods pose to the environment?
Pesticides contaminate soil, water, turf, and other vegetation. In addition to killing insects or weeds, pesticides can be toxic to a host of other organisms including birds, fish, beneficial insects, and non-target plants. Insecticides are generally the most acutely toxic class of pesticides, herbicides can also pose risks to non-target organisms.
Pesticides can reach surface water through runoff from treated plants and soil. Contamination of water by pesticides is widespread.
Groundwater pollution due to pesticides is a worldwide problem. Once groundwater is polluted with toxic chemicals, it may take many years for the contamination to dissipate or be cleaned up.
Heavy treatment of soil with pesticides can cause populations of beneficial soil microorganisms to decline. Overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides have effects on the soil organisms that are similar to human overuse of antibiotics. Indiscriminate use of chemicals might work for a few years, but after a while, there aren’t enough beneficial soil organisms to hold onto the nutrients
What is the solution to inorganic foods and farming?
Natural organic farming is a great way to produce food without adversely affecting the soil’s health and the environment. Today, it is proven that natural farming methods produce more crop yield than conventional farming. However, such alternative methods must be implemented with relevant know-how.
Sustainable organic natural agriculture is a holistic production & management system which promotes and enhances ecosystem health. This includes naturally regulating & promoting soil biological activity, avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
How is InAcres bringing back organic farming culture and techniques back into the picture?
InAcres believes that agriculture is the foundation for all economic development. Today, conventional agricultural model, the way it is being practised for the last five decades, is facing economic, environmental and public health challenges. These challenges call for a sustainable, integrated and eco-friendly system that can revive the state of agriculture. This is why Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a solution for challenges, farmers and agriculture as a whole are facing today. They have created a CSA model which is eco- friendly, organic and integrated. Apart from this, the value-added farm produce significantly increase farm profitability.
InAcres’ agriculture model is instrumental in yielding both short and long-term crops based on polyculture biodiversity principles. Their agriculture model Krishi Yoga is based on a blend of traditional time-tested efficient practices and modern technology to create optimal benefits.
Such natural and sustainable methods also reduce pollution of air, soil and water. The goal of this system is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependence of soil life, plants, animals and people.