ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Food Sense – Organic farming and Organic food

Updated on May 2, 2012
lemmyC profile image

Ben is scientist, teacher, researcher and author who loves to help you to be more, do more and achieve more. He is an Amazon kindle author

Food Sense – Organic farming and Organic food
Food Sense – Organic farming and Organic food

Food Sense – Organic farming and Organic food


Food Sense – Organic farming and Organic food

By Benjamin Ugoji

Introduction

Definitions – Organic farming and Organic food

Why organic foods – benefits

Health implications – Is organic food healthier?

Useful web addresses – for organic foods

Conclusion


Introduction

There has been a lot of information in the media and different organisations concerning the benefits we derive from the food we eat based on their source, treatment during production or processing or final form at the point of sale. This has resulted in our food classified as organic, inorganic, and genetically modified or Frankenstein foods as the case may be.

The debate is on and sometimes it appears there is no fine structure I terms of differentiation in terms of these food types. However, government regulations as regards to labelling has made it possible to enable us make informed decision on the choices that we make when we buy foods in supermarkets. The choice we make between organic and inorganic foods will depend on the power of our pocket. The result is that we can compromise on the choice we make based on the amount we are willing to pay for organic food.

This article seeks to describe the farming practice that results in organic food production. It will explore the benefits of organic food and provide some answers as to whether organic food is healthier. The hope is that it will enable the consumers’ to make more informed food choices.

Definition of terms – organic farming and organic food

It is important is define some of the terms involved in this topic to make sense of the origin of organic foods.

The Wikipedia defined organic farming as follows:

Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms.[1]

From the foregoing, it is clear that organic farming relies completely on the natural means known to man to cultivate the soil as well as preserve the agricultural produce during cultivation in terms of yield and pest control.

The organic foods are therefore, foods produced from organic farming practice.

Why organic foods – benefits

We receive information about taking care of the food we eat as to maintain healthy life style through different medium. You will ask what is in it for me! After all food is food. However, wait; are there any benefits from eating organic foods? Yes. In the website by Ysanne Spevack, the Editor Organic foodie.com, she advanced 10 reasons (and more) in support of organic foods and its associated agricultural practice – organic farming. You can read the article on (http://www.organicfoodee.com/topten/).

Health implications – Is organic food healthier?

You are what you eat is a popular axiom. Will the type of agricultural practice affect what is produced and does the source of the food we eat determine the nutritional content and may be its effect on our health? This debate is ongoing between the consumers, the different organisations representing the consumers on one hand and the food industry, farming organisation and government regulatory agencies on the other hand.

The answer to this question is relative and depends on who is involved. However, a recent study seems to suggest that Organic food is healthier. You can read the whole article by Ian Sample at (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/oct/29/organics.sciencenews).


Useful web addresses – for organic foods

http://www.organicfoodee.com/shopping/

http://www.infolondon.ukf.net/organic/

www.goodfoodpages.co.uk/

http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/Default.aspx

http://www.food.gov.uk/

Conclusion

Your nutrition is the sum of all you eat or drink. The source of these ingredients that make up your nutritional intake could have an impact on you well being. Therefore, the farming practice and nature of the produce could be vital to maintaining good health. The choice is yours


Copyright Benjamin Ugoji, 2009

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lemmyC profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for your comments

    • yyn1221 profile image

      yyn1221 

      8 years ago from China

      It is very useful,thanks to you.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)