Can You Recognize Organic?
It’s a word that has been increasingly thrown around in last few years, organic. What is the deal with it and is there much of a difference between organic and non-organic food.
If you’re not used to buying it, organic food tends to be more expensive. You don’t want to spend money on food you think is organic when it isn’t. So let’s go over a few facts about organic food.
Well the biggest difference has to do with how the two food are produced. For example, organic food like vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk and meat is produced without:
- Synthetic (human-made) pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
- Antibiotics or growth hormones
- Irridation or ionizing radiation (a way to preserve food with radiation energy)
Each country regulates food differently, so with a quick search you should be able to find out what the regulations are like where you live. In Canada, food is regulated by the federal government under the Organic Products Regulations and must meet specific standards to be considered organic. When those standards are met, the food can bear the Canada Organic Logo on their packaging.
There are other things that can be grown organic that isn’t food; organic cotton, bamboo and even denim. These crops are also grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other chemical fertilizers. If you’ve ever wondered why organic fabric have fewer color option it’s because traditional dye’s are chemically derived and clothing as producers use naturally occurring dyes to color the garment. Have you ever felt how soft organic cotton is? That’s because natural cottons (and other natural fabrics) aren’t stripped of it’s natural wax and give it a smooth and light-weight feel.
To be frank, this is just the tip of the iceberg; there is a lot that can be said about organic food and textiles. Make sure you check back for the next article about going organic so that you can be well-informed and make a decision that works best for you.