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Organic food is generally considered to be produced without the use of
artificial fertilisers, without synthetic pesticides or antibiotics,
hormones or other growth promoters. There are thus standards to which
organic food is produced, traditionally on small family run farms, but
there are some larger operations emerging since evidence has emerged that
organic farming is more environmentally friendly and more sustainable
that many contemporary farming techniques. There are also benefits for
the people who eat organic farm produce.
The advantages of organic food for the consumer include higher
nutritional levels, and over the long term studies have found the health
benefits to be substantial. It is perhaps for this reason that organic
baby food has become very popular. A university of Washington study found
that preschool children fed regular diets had six times more metabolised
organophosphate pesticides in their bodies than children who had been fed
on organic diets. Organic fruit vegetables and juices as a part of a
healthy balanced diet can considerably reduce exposure to harmful
pesticides.
When shopping for organic foods to complete the cooking formulas of your
favourite organic food recipes, look out for the organic certification of
a product. The certification of organic food is done to protect the
consumer in the growing market for organic foods. This prevents a
producer from defrauding a consumer, or tricking you into eating what you
don’t want to. There are, however, various certification bodies with
different criteria, so this should be kept in mind. Also remember that
the certification of a product is primarily a marketing drive by the
producer, who is trying to get you to buy the product.
When visiting an organic food shop, sometimes called a health food store,
you will notice that the prices seem slightly inflated. These organic
food suppliers ask more for their products because most of the time the
farm that supplies them is a small scale operation. This means that the
cost cutting benefits of mass production are usually not applicable to
organic foods. Consumers who value the ethics and benefits of organic
food are usually willing to pay a bit extra for their organic groceries.
In the United States the sales in organic foods have increased between 17
and 20 percent over the past few years, while so called conventional
products have seen a considerably lesser growth of 2 to 3 percent over
the same period.
There has even been an increasing trend amongst those who enjoy spoiling
their pets to such a degree that they are bying organic dog food.
According to the Organic Trade Association, sales in organic pet foods
have risen to three times the growth rate of organic products made for
human consumption.
Organic food is far healthier that non organic

				
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