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Organic Food
In current era health investigators have paid much attention towards the safety of nutritional
intakes and the most common debatable query posed by the people which need to be countered is
“which food is safe to eat: organic or inorganic?” Before entering into the detail discussion in
order to reach a certain conclusion for the query posed, let’s first have an insight into the basic
information on organic and in-organic food.
Organic foods are produced without using any artificial fertilizers, pesticides or any other
synthetic chemicals that may play role in its better production through organic farming methods.
All the necessary nutrients present in such type of food are produced naturally and are good for
the health of living beings. Plants produced through organic farming methods are free of health
threats especially for humans. As no pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used in their production,
so they donot contain disease causing chemicals such as cancer causing oxidants. It contains
rather, nutrients such as phenolic compounds, vitamin C & B-group, additional exogenous
requisite amino acids, needed to the body. They are also the source of some life important metal
and metal ions like Magnesium, Iodine, Iron, Calcium, Sodium etc.
Organically fed animals are also healthy to consume. As no antibiotics, growth hormones and
other chemicals used for the enhancement of the dairy products so the meat, milk and eggs
obtained through such sources could be preserved in natural conditions and do not carry health
threats. Fruits, vegetables produced through organic farming method are high in quality and taste
and could be preserved for longer times especially in winter season. Organic farming proves to
be beneficiary in making soil more fertile for crop production that process les energy and less
waste produced, thus favorable for general environment.

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Alternatively, inorganic food is referred to one which donot includes hydrocarbon containing
compounds and takes synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides or growth hormones etc. as an
input for their production. They are not organic in nature and contain external matter to enhance
its quality and taste. It involves a wide use of pesticides which when enters the human body
carries many life threatening chemicals along it. The human body fails to process them therefore
they accumulate in the body and cause various diseases. Pregnant women and fetuses are at great
risk after having exposure to pesticides as they damage their immune systems and cause early
birth and mental disorders. The pesticide contaminants reside in and sterilize the soil and also if
these contaminants added in the water they may affect other living beings after consumption.
Therefore, they effect the overall environment and wildlife.
Poultry at the dairy farms are given growth hormones, antibiotics in their feed in order to have
more sums of meat, milk and eggs than normal. Genetically Modified organisms (GMOs)
(plants and animals) are the best example of this where the modifications are made at the
molecular and genetic level in order to acquire the desired production. Although such organisms
hold desired nutrients necessary for health but also contains those which may be injurious for
humans, given through hormones or products released as a result of genetic modification.
Although organic foods are high in quality and taste with all natural nutrients and preservatives
but they are produced in lesser amounts and also the size of poultry animal to obtain meet and
amount of dairy products are less as compared to inorganic food. Therefore, the cost of such
products is higher in the market whereas in-organic products are less in quality and taste and take
much of input for their production costs less. People without paying attention to their health risks
buy what they think can afford as in-organic food in the market is competing with the organic
food as it contains the same nutrition value that may benefit the endurance. This raises the debate

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of what to eat: organic or in-organic food? Nowadays much of the attention is being paid on the
food safety by the governments, health investigators or professionals and general public where
farmers are encouraged to have organic farming certification and to expand the organic food
market. The organic food production standards are different in different countries set by the
governments. Recent research had shown that there is no clear evidence to claim that organic
food is safer and better in taste than inorganic food. [1, 2, 3]
Public surveys have demonstrated that organic food is more appreciated for its taste, nutritional
value and is safer to consume than conventional or inorganic food [3]. This perception has
increases the demand for organic food despite without any scientific substantiation and high cost
organic products [4]. The test of cookies on university students further supports the perception
about organic food as being low calorie and healthier food than conventional cookies [5].
Most benefits of organic foods have already been discussed above. Here are some more literature
based facts in support of organic food to be more reliable than any other type.
Organic food is produced by pursuing government defined standards or criteria which
control the use of pesticides and other chemicals in plants and usage of additional
medication in animals (poultry) thus support the overall environment.
All natural nutrients differ in organic products depending on the type of cultivation i.e.
amount of fertilizer and pesticides, season, growing conditions etc. Studies conducted on
nutrional content comparison on both types showed that nitrogen content was higher in
conventional foods whereas phosphorus, phenols and titrate acid traces are found higher
in organic foods.
Phosphorus and phenols are needed by the body to perform important biological
functions [5].

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Organic FoodIn current era health investigators have paid much attention towards the safety of nutritional intakes and the most common debatable query posed by the people which need to be countered is "which food is safe to eat: organic or inorganic?" Before entering into the detail discussion in order to reach a certain conclusion for the query posed, let's first have an insight into the basic information on organic and in-organic food.Organic foods are produced without using any artificial fertilizers, pesticides or any other synthetic chemicals that may play role in its better production through organic farming methods. All the necessary nutrients present in such type of food are produced naturally and are good for the health of living beings. Plants produced through organic farming methods are free of health threats especially for humans. As no pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used in their production, so they donot contain disease causing chemicals such as cancer causing oxidants. It contains rather, nutrients such as phenolic compounds, vitamin C & B-group, additional exogenous requisite amino acids, needed to the body. They are also the source of some life important metal and metal ions like Magnesium, Iodine, Iron, Calcium, Sodium etc.Organically fed animals are also healthy to consume. As no antibiotics, growth hormones and other chemicals used for the enhancement of the dairy products so the meat, milk and eggs obtained through such sources could be preserved ...
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