Organic Food 101

Organic Food 101

If you pay attention to the talk on lifestyle shows, or even just the chatter at work or the street, you’ve probably heard the term “organic food” before. And while it seems like a contradiction in terms—after all, isn’t all food organic?—it’s not some hot new trend that only recently took up the diet world by storm.

Organic food, in reality, has been with us for a very long time. So this isn’t a new discovery, so much as a rediscovery that sometimes, “old fashioned” may be the better choice after all. So what is organic food, and why is there a renewed interest in it?

All Natural

Organic food is a term used to refer to food that has been planted, grown, and protected without the use of any artificial chemicals or technologies. Non-organic food, for example has been sprayed with pesticides to repel or even poison and kill plant-eating insects that would normally feed on them. Non-organic beef or pork, as another example, may have had the produce animals injected with steroids and other hormones to create a specific effect, such as grow fatter.

Organic foods dispense with all of this and do things the old fashioned way. Plants are raised without special synthetic fertilizers. Cattle and chicken are not injected with special hormones and are given food that is consistent with their actual dietary needs.

The Benefits

There are a few major advantages that come from choosing to eat organic foods over foods prepared to industrial standards. One of the biggest obvious perks is that eating organic food means you eat fresher food. Organic food doesn’t use any preservatives, so if the food looks fresh, it is fresh and will taste like it.

Another big advantage is that organic foods contain far fewer pesticides, especially of a synthetic/chemical nature. With industry scale vegetables, for example, the food is regularly sprayed with an arsenal of chemicals to protect them against insects, and those chemicals leave traces in the food that you eat. When you eat organic food, fewer, and more natural pesticides are used, for a dramatic reduction in chemical intake.

Helping The Economy

If you decide, for example, to eat at a restaurant that offers organic foods, you’re doing multiple good things at once. To keep food fresh and ready to eat, organic food is often sourced locally from farmers in the region. This means that you’re not only getting better quality food, you’re also contributing to the local economy, instead of supporting a larger, multinational corporation.

Organic food also means eating with a clearer conscience because the lack of antibiotics, hormonal treatments, extensive pesticide deployment, and careful treatment of vegetables means that the impact to the environment from these foods is far less damaging than choosing to support a bigger company that employs more destructive tactics to get food out faster and more efficiently.

If you’re looking for fresh, delicious food that you can feel good about, come to Lazy Daisy. When you get in touch with us and choose to dine here, you’re making the choice to eat better, fresher food that’s also good for the environment.

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