Shopping Organically is on the rise
Consumers who buy organic food are on the rise globally and especially in the U.S market, where the trend is growing. From buying natural or non-GMO goods there has been a clear shift to Organically Certified products.
The reasons consumers choose to buy organic are diverse, from a higher quality of food, and personal health issues to increased attention towards sustainability, the ecosystem, and water preservation.
One of the main reasons for this shift is that consumers are concerned about the number of pesticides that conventional foods contain. Eating organic foods, allows people to reduce the number of overall pesticides in their bodies. Another factor is to avoid GMOs. USDA and European regulations state that organic foods can not contain genetically modified ingredients.
One of the most important aspects though is to avoid buying products that contain hormones and antibiotics. General dairy and meat products contain a high number of antibiotics and hormones which can cause severe health problems in the long term, that is why choosing organic produce which bans them is a major factor in today’s buying habits.
Furthermore, organically grown foods have been documented to contain healthier nutrients than their conventional counterparts. This is primarily because the soil is managed and nourished in a different way that will allow the food to develop more nutrients during the growing process.
It has been found that organically grown foods provide on average:
- 21% more iron
- 27% more vitamin c
- 29% more magnesium
- 13% more phosphorus
A very hot topic today is a focus on protecting the ecosystem and avoiding climate change. Organic farming uses fewer pesticides and chemicals helping to preserve the soil and thus avoiding chemical substances from infiltrating into the water system. It also protects animals from harm.
One of the most interesting aspects of organic production systems is an awareness to preserve Agricultural Diversity. It has been estimated that 75% of our crop’s genetic diversity has been lost in the last century. That is why promoting diverse crops and sustainable farming systems regulated by Organic Certification will help maintain a healthier chance for agricultural sustenance in the long term.
To sum it all up, when you take all the reasons above into account, you can see that the desire to support organic foods is utterly crucial to many consumers. Choosing organic is not only a desire to know where your food comes from but also a way to protect the future of generations to come.
 The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (September 2020)