If you’ve been visiting our magazine recently, you will have noticed that we’ve written a series of articles all connected to the way food and biscuits are produced. We’ve already talked about “free-from” products and GMO. In today’s topic, we’ll be dealing with organic food and its benefits.
So, what’s the big deal with organic food? Why is it called that way and why is it different from the conventional food we buy at our local supermarkets? Well, there are many differences between organic and conventional food actually, both in the way that organic food is produced and its nutritional values (although these is no coherent scientific research to back this up).
As we’ve mentioned above, these is no particular study that could corroborate that organic food is indeed healthier. This is due to a plethora of reasons. Just take the diversity of the land into account. Some conventionally grown food might have more nutritional value due to the rich soil it was grown on and vice versa. This produces incoherent data, as different research groups get different results.
Also, organic food and ingredients are more expensive. We’ll explain shortly why, but you should know that there are ways you can get organic food at cheap prices. But this begs the question…why would anyone choose to buy organic products if they haven’t been proven to be healthier and are more expensive to boot?
Well… the main benefits of purchasing organic food do not lie in their nutritional values. People purchase organic products due to some other reasons. We’ll talk more about them further down in the article. First-things-first, however. What are organic products? What is their definition?
This is where we come in. In today’s article, we’ll try to explain everything there is to know about organic food and biscuits. We’ll talk about the nuances of their definitions, the differences between organic and conventional food production and how the demand for organic products is affecting the biscuit industry.
So, sit back, relax, and be ready to learn a lot of new info about organic food! Let’s start with the definition of what organic food actually is.
If you’ve been watching the news recently, you will have seen that there have been a lot of discussions going on about the environmental issues that we’re facing as a species. Climate change, pollution, extreme weather, forest fires, deforestation, ecosystems dying, species going extinct… a lot is happening right now.
While these issues have been around for decades now, backed by research from the scientific community, these environmental issues haven’t had much media attention, due to reasons unknown. The world only found out about the Amazon three weeks after the rainforest fires started.
But the disaster that transpired in the Amazon was the tipping point for the mobilization of environmental activists and protestors across the globe. Millions of children, students and adult have gone to the streets in what has been an unprecedented global climate strike.
And this is just the beginning. Just by browsing through social media, it is clear that this is the start of something new. Children and young adults across the world no longer want the older generations to “hope” for a better future, but rather, to act for one.
The symbol of these protests is Greta Thunberg, a young Swedish environmentalist, who started the “school-strikes for the climate” last year all by herself. Pictures of her lone protests soon went viral, and more and more of her peers joined her cause. She delivered an emotional speech at the UN summit not long ago, criticizing the world leadership for exploiting the planet for far too long.
But how are any of these environmental issues connected with organic food, biscuits or even the food industry as a whole? As you’ll see soon enough, organic food and environmentalism are intrinsically intertwined.
In modern times, we are constantly bombarded with images of environmental disasters. It can be hard to cope with all the negatives news on television and online, and one can’t help but feel insignificant and/or hopeless at times. How can one person change the world? How can one’s actions impact the future for the better?
The truth is no one can change these issues by themselves We live in an economic system where the preservation of nature is overlooked in favour of profit and constant economic growth. But constant economic growth on a planet with finite resources is an illusion.
Constant economic growth might be possible once humanity develops space vessels capable of faster-than-light travel, and terraforming technology in order to colonise other planets. But until that day dawns, we only have Earth to call as our home, and we have to take care of it.
The best way to start helping the environment is from one’s home. Just by changing one’s habits, that person has already had a positive impact on the environment. By recycling, using public transportation, renewable energy sources, energy efficient lightbulbs and electric appliances/equipment and changing one’s diet, one can significantly help the fight for a cleaner environment.
However, that last bit in the paragraph above might have caught your attention, and for good reason. How in the world can changing one’s diet influence the environment in any way possible?
Good question! One that we’re happily ready to answer. You see, recent studies have shown that the meat industry is set to surpass the fossil fuel industry as the largest contributor to climate change. But how can this be possible? How can the meat industry be responsible for the climate change?
Well, the thing is, livestock needs both water and food to survive, and a lot of it. That’s why more and more areas are deforested to make them suitable for agriculture. Trees are our first line of defence against climate change, as they absorb CO2 and produce oxygen. By cutting down trees, more and more CO2 is absorbed by the atmosphere, which increases the overall temperature of the planet.
Different businesses and corporations are disregarding what the scientific community has been saying for decades now. Climate change is real and increasing the production of meat to meet larger profits is not helping the planet. More trees should be planted instead of being cut down.
That is why environmentalist advocate the vegan lifestyle. To make a long-story-short, vegans do not use or consume any animal products. This includes meat, dairy and any clothing that uses animal leathers or furs.
Two thirds of food are waster per year. We have no problem supplying ourselves, so why create so much pastures for new livestock when we’re wasting so much food as it is?
That is why by cutting out on meat you lower the demand for it. No one has to give up meat entirely. The vegan diet is an extremely hard diet to follow, especially in the modern world when the food industry is centred around meat. However, by reducing your meat consumption from seven days a week, to, let’s say, four- or five-days per week, you’ve already made a huge difference.
By decreasing the demand for meat, the companies that grow livestock are losing out on profit. Because of this, if they want their business to survive, and they surely do, they have to reduce the amount of meat they’re producing. This means abandoning the fields and stopping deforestation, allowing nature to reclaim the previously cut-down areas.
That is why more and more people are turning to the vegan lifestyle, or at the very least, a partial vegan lifestyle. As we’ve already mentioned, the vegan lifestyle is hard to follow. Many people start out as vegetarians at first, which allows the consumption of dairy products. This is why people turn to organic food, for ethical and environmental reasons.
So, to answer the big question… what is the difference between organic and conventional food and why is it so important? It’s very simple, actually. Organic food is food that is grown and processed without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
This is the definition of what organic food is when it comes to the United States at least. Also, the organic livestock that is raised for meat, eggs and dairy must have access to the outdoors. They must also not be given any non-organic food, growth hormones, animal by-products or antibiotics.
Sounds good so far, but how is any of this more ethical or eco-friendly than the conventional food production? Vegans do not consume meat, so even though organic livestock is treated better, they still consider eating organic meat to be unethical, not to mention that you still have to grow the food to feed them, which also affects the environment.
While some of this may be true, eating organic meat and plants is still more ethical and eco-friendly than conventional food. The conventional livestock lives in horrible conditions. They have no access to the outdoors, they are given growth hormones to develop faster and they’re feed with animal by-products, which increases the chances of mad cow disease.
Not only that, but they’re also given antibiotics for treatment. The bacteria inside their bodies develop immunity to these medications, which has negative side-effects in the long run. And the main reason why vegans don’t use dairy products is because the animals are exploited for it.
Organic livestock is not treated this way. They have access to the outdoors, they are fed organic food, they develop without any growth hormones and their disease are treated naturally. They are not harmed during the milking process, so consuming organic dairy products is ethical and acceptable.
While vegans consider eating meat unethical, they also understand that not everyone can live on an all-plant based diet. At least the organic livestock has had a chance to live and has been treated better, so it’s somewhat ethical.
When it comes to the environment, organic farming is better because it doesn’t use any of the artificial methods to grow crops. They use traditional methods that reduce pollution, reduce soil erosion, use less energy, conserve water and increase soil fertility. This is also advantageous to the local wildlife which acts as a natural deterrent of pests.
As we all know, conventional farming uses artificial manure, synthetic pesticides and herbicides, which damage the soil. The GMO plants produce herbicide-resistant weed which takes stronger and stronger versions of herbicides to be removed.
When it comes to the health benefits and nutritional values, no research has proven that organic food is more healthy than conventional food. But there are still multiple reasons why someone would choose it over conventional food. It is better for the environment, there are almost no traces of pesticides and herbicides in it (which are harmful for humans) and it’s ethical food.
As we’ve said, there is no concrete proof that organic food is healthier than conventional food. But there are numerous reasons why someone would buy these products. If you’ve been emotionally touched by the recent environmental disasters, then organic food is something you should definitely consider.
Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also more ethical, and without all the harmful pesticides in use today. Organic biscuits are also top-notch delights, and you can find them in your local stores. Just be sure to check for the “100% organic” label.
That’s it for today’s article, we hope you’ve enjoyed and came to understand why someone would buy organic products over conventional ones. Why not hop on to the nearby store and buy some for yourself? You might be pleasantly surprised.