What is organic food and why should you include it in your diet?
Organic food means that it has been tested and certified, grown and produced according to organic farming methods. Organic products do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It does not contain artificial colorings, flavor enhancers and preservatives. Organic food has a more natural and pleasant taste.
The guarantee mark is the European Union eco-label, a green leaf, which is granted to tested and organic certified products.
The main difference between organic food and conventional agriculture is that the emphasis is on feeding the soil and making it natural and alive with a rich plant and animal kingdom. The products are produced using natural and biological processes in soil, plants and animals. Organic products are obtained by promoting the plant's natural nourishment from soil, water and air through solar energy and micro-organisms, free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In order to produce bio-based products, the land must be purified and prepared for several years. Natural techniques are used to make the soil more fertile, for example by following the correct crop rotation, supplemented with organic fertilizers, compost and uses soil-stimulating treatments and uses natural preparations for treating plants and compost.
Organic farms feed livestock on organic products and do not use antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. They use shorter route from farm to slaughterhouse, reducing the stress levels of the animals and avoiding the accumulation of uric acid in their muscle tissue. This is an important factor in determining the quality of meat. Organic poultry farming, for example, does not use cages because the birds need grazing, natural light, ventilation and freedom in their natural behavior. Likewise, the living conditions of cows, pigs, rabbits and other animals must not restrict their movements or cause them any discomfort or distress, as the stress on animals reduces the quality and taste of animal products.
English terms ecological, organic, biological are used to describe organic food. The abbreviations bio and eco are often used.
The production costs of organic products are higher than the costs of traditional agricultural production, and therefore the selling price is also higher. However, despite this, people are increasingly thinking and evaluating what foods they want to include in their daily diet.
Parents often choose to feed their children with organic food.
More and more schools and public places in Latvia are opting to include organic food.
Choose a diet that is better for you and the environment!