FAQ

What is Organic?
Organic is a term that is used to describe a philosophy of working within the laws and systems existing in nature to achieve a healthy environment that is
achieve a healthy environment that is sustainable long-term. Healthy soil is the foundation of this philosophy. Organic Farming is a system that is based on building soil health through the use of compost, manure, cover crops and crop rotations and other natural methods. Organic principles are based on the belief that if the natural microbial life in the soil is given an opportunity to be prolific, the plants grown in that soil will also be  healthy and resistant to pest and disease, and provide high quality nutrition to those that eat those plants. The term Organic technically means any chemical compound containing carbon. Sometime in the 1940's J. I. Rodale, founder of the magazine Organic Gardening, began using the term organic to describe flowers and foods grown with the earth's natural resources by composting materials and adding naturally occurring minerals to the soil instead of commercial fertilizers made up of synthetic compounds.Today the term, organically grown, has come to be known as food including crops and fibers grown without any synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or growth regulators. Organic farming practices also help to maintain the natural ecosystem and thus is known as  "sustainable agriculture".
 
Does Organic Cost More?
In the organic sector we often hear the question: is organic more expensive, and why is that? The fact is organic foods are not more expensive when considering social, economic, political and environmental dimensions, but to understand that statement we have to look at who and what pays for the true costs of food production. Nonorganic
agriculture is subsidized in most part of the world. In other words, if the market does not pay what it costs to grow a crop the government often steps in with a subsidy to the farmers. Then It is The Tax Payers Who Pays. The most important Costs for Organic Agriculture are the Costs for theConsultants, Inspection & Certification Process.  However we feel when considering the true cost of production and the true value to the consumer of a superior product, organic is less costly to our health and the health of the planet.

The Difference Between Natural and Organic?
Organic food is not to be confused with natural. The term 'natural' is used for food that has been minimallyprocessed and is preservative-free; it does not necessarily relate to growing methods or the use of preservatives.Natural foods can include organic foods, but not all natural foods are organic.

What's Wrong with Non-Organic Food?
Chemical-dependent farming is bad for the health of farmers and their families. It produces unhealthy food and has an adverse affect on soil health as pests grow resistant to pesticides, reducing fertility. The value of nutrients is also imbalanced by excess use of chemical fertilizers. Due to increasing residues of these chemicals in the food we eat, these food products can lead to disorders & genetic deficiencies. Some pesticides significantly lower the vitamin levels in plants. The nutrients most often affected  which are necessary for the body to withstand the onslaught of chemical toxins.

What is the Health benefits of organic food?
Organic food is a healthier option because it contains 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro nutrients than intensively farm produced. Organic food contained 27 per cent more vitamin C, 21 per centmore iron, 29 per cent more magnesium, and 13 per cent more phosphorous - “A study by Dr Virginia Worthingtonon the nutritional quality of organic versus conventional fruits, vegetables, and grains -- published in “The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine “. The hue and cry about pesticides in food & beverages isn't new. What's more frightening is the challenge we now face of eating healthy food. With reports of pesticides and chemicals in almost everything we eat, many are turning to organic food for healthier living.

What are the Disadvantages of organic food?

There is an urgent need to create awareness about organic produces and to build technical and marketing infrastructure to support the demands of producers and consumers. You will have to pay about 15 to 40 per cent,depending on the product, as it includes the cost  disappear when supply increases, especially in those countries with policies to encourage organic farming. Compared to conventional foodstuff, this is more perishable as it doesn't use pesticides or preservatives. For customers, it becomes necessary to buy in small quantities and replenish stocks regularly. For more information or to see our Range of Organic Products visit us at  www.bonappetit.co.in.

What are the Advantages of organic food?

Economic Benefits
Price premiums for organic products are continuing to hold in most sectors. The demand for organic products is outpacing production, so there's plenty of room for growth. By its nature, organic farming is a diversified production system. With a wider variety of products being grown, including livestock on some farms, the risks of market fluctuations and weather are minimized. Dependence on costly outside inputs is dramatically reduced. And because organic farmers generally think about building relationships, identifying new markets and working directly with consumers, they're generally open to new, value-added opportunities. They may also be more open to working cooperatively with other farmers to market and add value to their products.

Environmental Benefits
If all farmers converted to organic production tomorrow, we'd eliminate millions of pounds of persistent pesticides from entering the environment each year. We'd no longer be dumping billions of pounds of synthetic fertilizer on our fields each year. Through cover cropping and other production practices, we'd be taking greenhouse gases out of the air andsequestering more carbon into the soil. Reduced use of pesticides and the increasing biodiversity of organic farms would help restore habitats for beneficial native animals, insects and plants. Organic farms can support substantially higher levels of wildlife especially in lowlands and where animals can roam pastures or graze on grassland. Not only does wildlife benefit, but entire ecosystems and ground water are improved by simply following organic farming methods. Universal use of cover crops would dramatically reduce erosion problems. In fact, it's hard to exaggerate the environmental benefits of organic production. The resources here will give you glimpse of some of the many environmental benefits of going organic.

Health Benefits
When farmers grow organically, they benefit, their families benefit; communities benefit ... and consumers benefit.  Talk to farmers who've transitioned to organic, and you'll hear countless stories of farmers who started taking their children into the fields again once they started growing organically, you'll also find farmers whose own health improved dramatically when they stopped using toxic and persistent pesticides during their days. When potentially harmful farm chemicals no longer percolate into the water supply, related developmental and health problems in communities can recede. And the potential health benefits of organic foods for consumers are not just related to the absence of herbicides and pesticides. A growing body of evidence suggests that organic fruits and vegetables can be higher in vitamins, minerals, andantioxidants. The resources below outline some of the many health benefits of growing organically for you and your community. Consumers purchasing organically grown foods can taste the difference and see the quality of virtually any organic product they buy. Regardless of price differences, consumers can smell, taste and see the difference in the quality of organically grown food products. Eating organic foods may in fact, reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer for individuals who abstain from consuming products produced by conventional farming methods. Biochemist are continually researching the inherent benefits of organically grown foods and discovering the consequences consuming products loaded with toxins and chemicals. The fact is, you ultimately are what you eat.

 
Social Benefits
 The potential social benefits of going organic range from the small to the dramatic. Farmers who transition to organic production often have a renewed interest in farming; they join together with others who have a similar passion for farming in a new way. Perhaps they collaborate on renovating an abandoned grain mill for handling organic grains, or a processing facility for organic poultry. Young, new farmers, drawn to farming because of the organic appeal, add more vitality to their ruralcommunities. Organic farming is often about building relationships and connections, consumers can support these farmers in a variety of ways. A network develops and flourishes. Abandoned rural communities are revitalized. There is an increasing connection between consumers and the folks who produce their food.