Benefits of organic products
The consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the food safety issues and environmental issues because of their increased concern about health, the environment’s health, and its global implications. Organic food now has become a
viable alternative for an increasing number of consumers, who are worried about the presence of chemicals residue and the negative consequences on the environment caused by intensive production methods. Many farmers also now see organic farming as a way to stabilize or even increase their income due to public policy support and growing market demand. The benefits of organic products are threefold as summarized below:
Health: Organic agriculture regulates how food is grown and processed. In addition to meeting the health and safety requirements of conventional food, organic food must also
meet the additional safety standards of organic farming such as tougher regulations on manure use. Studies have shown that organic food contains a lower concentration of pesticides as compared to conventionally grown food10. Hence, there is a good reason to believe that organic farming reduces health risk. The health benefits of organic products are as follows:
• Toxin and GMO-free: Organic products are the most heavily regulated food products in the US. Only organic products come with a guarantee that no toxic persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMOs are used in their production. Additionally, no antibiotics or growth hormones are given to livestock. Organic producers and processors are subject to rigorous announced and unannounced certification inspections by third-party inspectors to ensure that proper due diligence procedures and protocols are being followed.
• Higher nutritional content: Recent studies have found that organic fruits, vegetables and grains have fewer nitrates and cadmium and fewer pesticide residues than non-organic crops, making them safer to consume.
• Environment: Organic farming primarily focuses on eco-friendly agriculture practices. It might not eliminate the negative environmental impacts wholly, but it can help reduce water pollution and improve the soil quality. Organic cultivation promotes the conservation of biodiversity, enhances ecological functions and ecosystem services. It is a selfreliance system that improves the economic productivity of crops and livestock. The stringent organic certification standards enable several measures like mulching, crop rotation, crop residual management, rules on carrying capacity defining a number of heads of livestock are allowed per ha. , improved organic soil carbon biding significantly
reduces green gases helps in mitigating climate change.
Economics: Certified organic foods fetch higher prices, in comparison to conventional foods as most of the organic produce is directly procured by companies thereby excluding the middlemen. The retail price of organic food is high and eventually, organic production reduces cost also. This provides farmers a good return on an organized supply chain system
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