Should you eat organic food?Posted by: Vivian Trac
Organic food is a booming industry. From produce markets to restaurants around Australia, the word pops up everywhere (often with a price tag attached). However what you might not know is that in Australia, there is no single standard for organic and free range products, meaning anyone can technically use these terms. The Organic Federation of Australia even has a list of logos all certifying if a food is organic:
Organic food is defined as foods that are produced using methods of organic farming – with limited modern synthetic inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilisers. But is it worth it? We can’t tell you that. But what we can do is give you a few pros and cons of going organic:
Pros of organic food:
- Organic animal products come from free range animals. To be certified organic, these animals must have access to pastures and pesticide-free food their whole lives
- Organic farming is considered better for the environment given minimal use of synthetic products like fertilisers and pesticides
- Organic produce is far more likely to be seasonal, which has numerous benefits
- Numerous studiesshow that organic foods often contain more nutrients
- You are exposed to less synthetic products
Cons of organic food
- Organic farms typically produce 20-50% less food than conventional ones. So you need more space, more water and more management to produce the same amount of food
- Organic pesticides and fertilisers can be just as damaging to the environment. And not all synthetic products are created simply as cheap alternatives – some are created to mitigate environmental damage altogether
- Organic food is more expensive, which may end up costing you more without any real benefit, as there is a lack of agreed standards
- Organic food is not conclusively shown to be healthier for you.
- While many people believe consuming organic foods is safer than consuming non-organic foods, it’s not scientifically proven
So… what do you think?