Buying organic is new fad and is supposed to make a certain kind of statement. When you claim that a certain food you are serving is ‘organic’ means you are high up in the ladder of popularity. This has become such a craze that you find people buying organic lipsticks, and even organic underwear.
Before you go on that ‘organic’ buying spree is it not important that you understand what this ‘organic’ is? Most of us assume that when you buy organic you are avoiding insecticides or pesticides. However, this might not be true.
When you compare the organic crops with the mass produced, you find that the organic type is made with nitrogenous waste residues and natural fertilizers like the dung. In order to avoid pests, manual removal of weed and crop rotation are adapted. Thus, there is very little chemicals used as compared to the commercial crops, but this does not mean no chemicals are used.
Organic foods have to ‘avoid’ synthetic fertilizers or pesticides but they can still be used.
According to the experts, for that original ‘organic’ it needs to contain 95% of organic ingredients. Most of the products with organic labels contain only 70% of organic ingredients.
Not Better Always
Buying a product that is organic and feeling you have invested in the best is only a mental state. This is because most of us feel we get good quality stuff if you are buying this more expensive. Spending more money does not lead to good quality. Life is so hectic and no one has the time to scrutinize what is bought. You just tend to follow the market hype and get sucked into this.
Organic crops are not ‘all that good’ for the environment as these tend to leech the soil of excess nitrogen as compared to the normal crops. This can get the soil in a bad state.
High Costs of Organic Produce
Producing organic vegetables works out to be a costly affair because these are not mechanized like the traditional vegetables and these take more time to produce without the ‘added’ pesticides and chemicals. Besides, the market for organic stuff is considered to be ‘niche’ where the customers are willing to pay just any price.
Studies have proved that the cost of producing organic vegetables works out to 7% more as compared to the normal vegetables, but the prices being charged is almost 45% more.
You need to also be aware that the farmers of organic vegetables do not make use of any chemicals and thus, the storage time of these vegetables also comes down.
To conclude, organic can be a healthier option but this will always be more expensive as compared to the conventional vegetables. You can say that consumers of organic food are paying a lot more than the food is worth.
Weigh the pros and cons and make your choice of the type of food you want to consume.