Don't Panic, Eat Organic

Don't Panic, Eat Organic

These days most of the restaurant menus in Kathmandu are well written in bold with the words “Specialty From Organic Farm.”

Organic food has become popular among the people in recent years. With modernity and growing purchasing power, the Nepalese are also slowly changing their eating habit. They have also become very aware of their health. This is why most people today want to have organic food.

The organic farming movement has also emerged as one of the fastest-growing food trends not only in Nepal but also in the various parts of the world.

Organic foods are produced by applying the organic methodology of farming. Standards may differ worldwide, organic farming in general features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and help conserve biodiversity.

Once found only in food stores, organic food is now a regular feature at most supermarkets.

Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic products do not use conventional methods to fertilise and control weeds. But they use natural fertilisers to feed soil and plants. These days, many people want to buy the products that are without pesticides, additives, antibiotics or other chemical residues. Many people believe organic food is much safer for health.

Modern farming methods use chemicals, which lead to a decline in soil fertility and increase in salinity and blue-green algae in waterways. However, organic farmers use physical weed control, and animal and other green manure.

In a matrix-style revolution, more and more people are choosing the green pill and discovering the unpalatable truth of modern farming methods. Organic foods represent the way out of the industrial farming matrix, and movement back to awareness of our interconnectedness in the web of life.

Obviously, organic products are good for people’s health and good for the planet too. Going organic makes sense for reasons of nutrition, environmental responsibility and taste which is clean and guilt free. As a result, volume of organic food sales is increasing worldwide.

The belief at the foundation of organic farming is the direct connection between health, food and the soil. Organic farmers avoid the use of toxic pesticides and fertilisers, instead they rely on crop rotation and compost that nourishes the land. A fertile soil yields vibrant crops resistant to disease, which in turn provide nutritionally rich foods to the people.

Organic crops and grains contain high levels of vitamin C, cancer-fighting antioxidants and minerals. But non-organic foods can make up a surprisingly lethal cocktail of synthetic chemicals frosted with irradiation and a dash of genetically modified seeds. Pesticides don’t just fade away; it residues and can be stored in the fatty tissues of the body, which may cause cancer.

Organic farming maintains healthy ecosystems and prevents the chemical drift that wreaks havoc with the food chain. This also helps make environment fresh. Thus, in the long-term, organic products present a sound investment for the earth.

It is believed that organic foods help to prevent cancer, stroke and other heart related diseases. Researches have shown that organic fruit and vegetables contain about 40% more antioxidants than in non-organic fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants reduce the risk of various diseases. Organic foods also contain salicylic acids which help prevent hardening of arteries and cancer. Organic foods have good taste and increased nutritious values as compared to non-organic foods. It also contains more mineral salts and other healthy chemicals than found in non-organic foods. However, organic foods are considered costlier compared to the non-organic foods.