How To Know It Is Organic Food?

Organic or Not?
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How do we know when the food marked as organic is organic? This question has been popping into my head every time that I shop for fresh vegetables and see the organic section.

The skeptic view has always been in my thinking when the grocery stores started promoting the organic options. Sometimes you can see a difference in the appearance of vegetables, but most of the time I cannot see any difference between the regular and the organic except for the higher price.

Depending on the source of the information that you are looking at you can get conflicting stories as to the reason’s to chose organic over the natural fruits and vegetables.

There is not any conclusive evidence that I am aware of to prove that the organic is healthier in terms of containing any high levels of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

Being relatively new to studying the holistic or all-natural methodology this is something that I am open to learning more about different philosophies. Prudence helps to determine when someone is speaking about the subject with facts and when they are expressing their opinions about it.

Organic Food Fun Facts

The U.S. defines organic as crops grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bio-engineering, petroleum-based or sewage-based fertilizers.

That means that the food produced in this manner contains less of the pesticides that are proven to be harmful to people especially to pregnant women and developing babies.

The cost involved with choosing the organic verse the vegetables using modern farming technology is evaluated differently with the risk involved in the health of your children when they are growing in the womb.

Organic food is typically fresher because there are no preservatives to keep them from spoiling. This fact also means that the nutrients are going to be higher in organic vegetables as well.

Generally, the organically grown fruits and vegetables taste better; they are typically smaller than the genetically altered versions, but that is not true for some farmers who know how to produce more abundant fruits and vegetables.

Home Farm

My great-grandfather was one of those types of farmers, and when I was a teenager, he was still alive in his eighties, with what I thought was a huge garden that he referred to as a house garden, meaning that they grew what they needed for the family.

That garden covered one acre in size, and the products that came from it was excellent, sure wish that the knowledge he knew would have gotten passed down to my generation.

Most of the people that I talk to do not have a clue how to grow a garden at home, and I do not know how to build a garden nor do I have the time to tend to one either.

The same is true for the livestock and feeding them the GMO feeds to cause them to grow faster and more substantial than nature intends them to be. That has to affect the meat that we eat from these animals fed in this manner.

The government agencies like the FDA tell us that it is safe to eat and that may be true, but it has to affect the obesity issues that the population is facing today.

Organic Food Online

Today we are getting more and more options to purchase things online and have them delivered to our doors at very reasonable rates.

The upside to using the meal delivery systems is that there is no waste and the portions are going to prevent you from overeating. This portion control is something worth considering if you are having an issue with controlling your meal sizes.

PACKAGE TO YOUR DOOR

Pre-Planning meals is a great way to save money and enjoy your food better by knowing what is coming up on the menu. For people who like to have options then you can plan a few options instead of just one meal plan.

This method can be used to plan your trip to the grocery store; after finding good organic sources within the local stores that available to you. Better to go with a list and know what you are looking for or you will be tempted to get items that are not organic or even healthy options.

Regular and Organic Foods

After deciding for yourself what is appropriate of you and your families needs are; then you can evaluate the differences between the organic and the regularly grown fruits and veggies.

Remember that some fruits and vegetables are more affected by the application of pesticides and chemicals than others. Best to have a list of these types of fruits and vegetables to refer to when making the choices.

Basically, the thinner the skin, the more risk there is for pesticides to enter the fruit or vegetable. Most of the pesticides will stick to the outside of the fruit or vegetable, and washing the skin reduces the exposure, and in some cases, it is best to remove the surface to get the rest of the chemicals off the food before eating.

Fruits

There are reports of pesticides used on the organic farms that come from natural sources rather than synthetic or chemical-based pesticides.

These reports are from highly respected people with Ph.D. education levels. Which sources do we pay attention too? That is the million-dollar question.

Regulations and the Effects on Organic Food

Regulations are put in place to protect the public from the bad practices that companies have done in the past and can try to do again.

Companies may try to do this thing out of ignorance or out of cutting corners to save money. That is something that we as consumers must decide for ourselves and what happens is when we hear something good or bad it is easy to react to the news.

Knowledge is something that is affected by having too many things presented as fact without the fact-finding that used to take place before the news was released.

Decision

Most of us do not know what the regulations are much less who enforces the laws. That is something to be thinking about while shopping for our food in the grocery stores and online.

Conclusion

How do we approach the subject of organic food? The best way is to use some common sense and think about the overall big pictures and not to get lost in the details of the everyday task that we do without much consideration.

Ask yourself the question: Am I taking the time to think through some of the mundane tasks like planning meals and getting the proper nutrition and using the right ingredients?

Hopefully, you are thinking about how you can approach grocery shopping and meal planning that will be a healthier option and considers using an alternate food source when it is appropriate.

Please leave your comments, experiences, knowledge or questions on this subject in the comment section below.

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18 thoughts on “How To Know It Is Organic Food?

  1. Hi! As you have stated concerning yourself, I’m also a bit skeptical when I look at the organic section.

    Buying organic food online seems to be a popular trend. It has multiple advantages. But one of the main ones is that we can pre-plan our meals and live a much healthier life. Do you have any suggested platform for buying organic food?

    1. The best way that I see to ensure you are getting the freshest vegetables would be to get it close by where you live. If there is a local farm would be this best option, then you could meet the farmers and ask how they address weeding and dealing with insects.

      Other options are going to require some shopping around and looking at the reviews that people write about the service of the company that you are interested in trying. I am leery of trying the delivery services, but like the idea and the convenience, that kind of service offers its customers.

  2. This article is highly engaging, as I’ve reached a point in my life where I have to worry more about what I put into my body. I have always wondered how to discern which of the foods that claim to be organic are or are not natural.

    It’s interesting, what you said about the thickness of the skin having everything to do with how vulnerable they are to pesticides. I’ve never given that any thought, but I certainly learned something. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your comment, and there are many concerns about the claims that companies make. The only way to verify would be to run some spot check from a responsible third party, but who is going to pay for such testing? This testing is something that would have to come from some organization that I am not aware if it exists at this time. 

  3. Hey Chad,

    Insightful read! I liked how you started by investigating what the definition of “organic” is since it is thrown around a lot in marketing and the media and it tends to lose its meaning. My understanding is that organic has merely carbon-based contents. Whereas the US defines organic food as grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bio-engineering, petroleum-based or sewage-based fertilizers, as you explained it.

    I’m curious to know what the definition of “bio-engineering” and “sewage-based fertilizers” are…?? I was under the impression that artificial selection is an archaic form of bio-engineering, and that cow (and other animals) manure would be considered sewage-based fertilizer? My grandfather also had a house garden, and he practiced both of these methods.

    Also, one acre to feed one family seems to like that would not support 7.5 billion people. Do you know of any sustainable farming methods that increase yield in smaller square footage?? Perhaps verticle farms??

    Insightful post that prompts so much more discussion on farming! I would love to hear your feedback!

    1. Composting is something that my grandfather used to tell me about; my the kids learn about the theory in school, and my ten-year-old daughter has a small pot with the experiment. 

      The modern farmers are doing a new thing to advance the science of farming to feed to masses, that is a more significant problem than I cannot speak to in this blog post but needs addressing.

      The focus of this blog post is on the nutritional value of the food purchased for the family. Thank you for taking the time to read the post and share your comments, you bring you some interesting points.

  4. Hey! Thanks for sharing this insightful article here on organic food, I appreciate you taking time and breaking it all down for us. This article is great. Organic foods are always healthier and highly nutritious, but my problem is I keep wondering why the price of organic food is still higher than the regular one, and you have helped me out. Thanks for sharing this excellent post. I would love to revisit for more articles like this.

    1. Glad that you enjoyed the article and that the information was useful to you. Thank you for taking the time to visit the site and making a comment.

  5. Where I come from organic food is called native, while inorganic food is called Agric; surprisingly, I just happened to the realization now. My mom has always been crazy about organic food when she goes to the market; she’d go out of her way to hunt down known organic food sellers. 

    She calls the non-organic food poison and doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. While I, on the other hand, would be like, ”all food is food”, but I know better now. 

    1. Interesting the terms you mention from your local area, I am not familiar with the words but useful to know that other cultures have specified names for the different types of farming practices.

  6. I enjoyed reading this very timely article. This morning in the grocery store I accidentally ended up in the organic section of the produce aisle. I knew something was awry when I saw the sticker prices. Organic produce is priced much higher than regular veggies, and as you said, how are we to be sure that we are getting what we are paying for at the store?

    What does it mean for me to purchase high-priced produce from the organic section?  And more importantly, how can I be sure that the product is natural. I guess it starts with buying from a trusted store that will not make these claims about their products traditionally grown. I need to do my research regarding the organic movement because while I would like to purchase and consume organic foods, I think the only way for me to be sure that I am getting what I want is to grow the produce myself.

    On another point, I am not sure if your title is correct and it says what you intended it to, but in my opinion, it seems to be missing word. Otherwise, I enjoyed the article. Enjoy the points about your grandfather as well. Good going and keep producing a post like this one.

    1. I like the idea of growing fresh fruits and vegetables but do not have the time to do it. Physical labor involved with gardening is harder as you get older and will limit you also. People 50 years ago were in much better shape than I am now. Working on it but my job has me behind a desk too much. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject.

  7. Thanks for writing this article on how to organic food. I must commend you for a job well done for taking the time to do your findings and research before writing it.

    In my point of view, I don’t think it is possible to eat purely organic food because even if you have a garden, you can’t plant all the food and fruits. The only things we can do is try as much as possible to reduce the rate of inorganic food we consume.

    1. It is true that there are limitations on people in the resources to live 100% off of the land. Even my great-grandfather with a lifetime of knowledge still used an acre of ground to produce enough fruits and veggies for the family.

      The best we can do is learn about what is available to us and see where we can make some changes to ensure we have the best ingredients to give our bodies the nutrients needed to be healthy. 

  8. That’s why I love shopping from local sellers – people who grow vegetables and fruits from their backyard using natural fertilizer and such. Moms always say, choose the ones with worms and a little smaller in size – it’s okay because that’s a natural way.

    I would be cautious with shopping organic online though as I think some of the labels are quite overrated. It’s best to check on the backgrounds of the company including local news to see whether they are legitimate or not. 

    1. Caution is appropriate whether you are shopping online or in person. The new businesses that are selling the prepacked meals ready to cook with all the ingredients delivered to your door are something that is very convientenant, and I have been researching them, but have not used any of the services, to comment on the quality. 

  9. Hey Chad,

    I’ve enjoyed reading this article as you’ve provided us with lots of valuable information on Organic Food. I always prefer Organic Food because it’s a lot fresher. But the only concern is that it’s a bit expensive compared to the non-organic ones. 

    Do you think that Organic Food is fresher, or are they just selling it for business by telling lies to the public? What do you think about this?

    1. It depends on the source that you are getting the produce from; the local farms will be the freshes especially if you do the harvest. I enjoy doing that, but it is hard to find the time to get out to the farm.

      I do have concerns about the advertisements in the grocery stores because they have alternative motives and are not primarily concerned about health concerns, but instead, they are concerned about the perception of the public.

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