Today we will talk about the benefits of organic food. Recently, there are more opportunities to come into contact with organic foods, such as an organic food booth in a supermarket and an online shop where you can purchase directly from farmers. But many people don’t really know much about organics. This time, let’s talk about the safety and nutritional value of organic foods.
Safety because it is organically grown
The reason why many people like organic foods is their safety.
Fertilizers include organic fertilizers made from natural materials such as rice bran and chicken manure and chemical fertilizers made by chemically processing minerals.
Of these two fertilizers, cultivation using organic fertilizers is said to be safer.
Fertilizer is a nutrient that plants grow.
Of course, plants take in the nutrients in the process of growing, so chemical fertilizers made of chemical substances will eventually be taken up by our human body.
In addition, there are conditions for what is called organic in terms of land and how it is made, and if you do not clear these conditions, you will not be able to call yourself organic.
Organic vegetables that meet the standards set by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries can be marked with the Organic JAS certification mark.
There are a number of fairly strict standards, such as not using pesticides or fertilizers for more than two years, and not using genetically modified seeds.
It can be said that organic foods, which are foods that firmly meet such standards, are highly safe.
However, it is not that dangerous because it is chemical fertilizer.
Chemical fertilizers can be easily produced in factories and have immediate effects, so they are indispensable for vegetable production.
It may be required in modern times to get along well with chemical fertilizers.
Nutritious Benefits of Organic Food
Before we talk about the nutritional value of organic foods, let’s talk about the nutritional value of ordinary foods.
Recently, it is said that the nutritional value of food has decreased sharply compared to the 1970s.
In the last 50 years, some vitamins such as vitamins A and C have been reduced in nutritional value to less than half of those at that time.
The reason for the reduced nutritional value is
Being cultivated all year round
The soil is thin (because chemical fertilizers are now available)
Breeding made it easier to grow
At first glance, it doesn’t seem to be that bad, except that the soil is thin.
But that’s not the case.
Due to consumer needs, food is no longer “seasonal” and you can buy your favorite vegetables and fruits at any time of the year.
By improving the varieties on the producer side as well, it has become easier to grow and harvest in a short period of time.
As consumers and producers, it has become very convenient.
However, the land is getting thinner and thinner by breeding for faster harvesting and using fast-acting chemical fertilizers.
Therefore, more chemical fertilizers are needed.
Due to such a vicious cycle, the nutritional value has fallen.
Organic farming has detailed conditions such as no pesticides used for pest control, only organic fertilizers, and no chemical fertilizers scattered or mixed in facilities and tools.
It can only be cultivated in fields that meet these conditions, and above all, land grown only with organic fertilizers will improve soil conditions and become fertile.
In other words, organic farming means returning to the same land condition as when it was nutritious.
By growing vegetables and fruits infertile land, it is possible to harvest foods that are significantly more nutritious.
The taste is solid and delicious
Organic foods are sometimes referred to by older people as “old-fashioned”.
Probably because it is not watery and has a strong and firm taste.
Organic food is a term that has become popular recently, but in fact, it is cultivated before chemical fertilizers such as chicken manure and oil cake are produced.
In addition, organic farming is a method that does not involve chemical pesticides, so it takes much more time and effort than normal farming, such as using naturally derived insect repellents and cutting weeds.
Farmers who make organic foods take much time and effort to make it with a lot of love, so it can be said that it is delicious.
Many restaurants are particular about organic foods, perhaps because they want not only safety but also deliciousness with a tightly condensed aroma and taste.
Benefits of Organic Food
Organic food is not really an organic purpose. The purpose of organic food is to create an earth-friendly food chain, and organic food is produced in the process. It is safe and nutritious, yet it tastes good. Considering that it will improve the global environment, isn’t it a good idea to gradually introduce organic products?