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 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 such as cotton 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 the
Consultants, 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
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 minimally
processed 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 are vitamin C, beta-carotene, and the B vitamin, all of
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 cent
more iron, 29 per cent more magnesium, and 13 per cent more phosphorous - “A study by Dr Virginia Worthington
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 50 per cent,
depending on the product, as it includes the cost of packaging and labelling. However, remember that these can
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.
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,
They may also be more open to working cooperatively with other farmers to market and add value to their products.
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 and
sequestering 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.
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, and
antioxidants. The resources below outline some of the many health benefits of growing organically for you and your
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.
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 rural
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.
What Does "Organic" Mean?
Growing food is not easy. All farmers, all over the world, have to solve some big problems to make sure their plants can
thrive and grow. They have to make sure the soil has enough nutrients to "feed" little plants so they will grow to be big and
healthy and good to eat. They have to control bugs and other pests that can attack and eat the plants. And they have to
control weeds that can "choke" young plants by taking up the space, sunlight and nutrients they need to grow.
Most farmers in this country are what we call "conventional farmers." They rely on synthetic (man-made) chemicals and fertilizers to grow their crops. These farming chemicals and fertilizers are not found in nature, and they often build up
in the environment, polluting our water and soil. Most of these chemicals remain active for a long time . . . long after their job is
done. Although these chemicals can solve many farming problems, some of them are not healthy for the environment or for people!
What's Different about Organic Farmers?
As organic farmers, we grow food differently from conventional farmers because we choose to use nature's ways of solving
farming problems. To enrich the soil, we plant cover crops that make the soil richer as they grow and when they are tilled
under. We use compost, a natural form of fertilizer that comes from different materials that have rotted away and broken down.
We grow plants without herbicides (weed killers) or fumigants (soil sterilizers) yet there are times we do use some insecticides
(insect killers) or fungicides (fungus killers), but only special substances approved for organic farming usually made from natural ingredients and are less harmful to people, animals, and the environment. We keep pests and
diseases away by crop rotation, which means switching the location of plants each season.
Even though it takes a little more work, we think farming organically is the healthiest choice.
Organic farming helps keep our air, soil, water and food supply clean.
We also provide our farm workers and neighbors with a healthier environment