ORGANIC FOOD a Healthy
Option for Body & Soul
What you eat becomes
your mind; As is the food, so is your mind. - Ayurveda
The importance of healthy food is
unaltered and is extremely beneficial for people of all ages. Health
enthusiasts feel the importance of Satvik Bhojan. Going Satvik,
is in a sense, going back in time. A time when the cultivated product
you ate came from soil replenished with healthy manure and mulch
and an Organic food is an attempt to give to the body a food that
is wholesome while pleasing to the senses.
Organic foods are those foods
that are grown, processed and packaged without using chemicals.
Organic cultivation uses organic seeds, organic fertilizers, compost,
organic root stimulators, and organic pest control methods.
the advantages of organic food -
More nutritious as Organic
food is rich in minerals, vitamins and fibers.
Safer as free from pesticides and chemical additives or
It tastes Good
Organic food covers a wide
range of our daily food needs. It includes food items like
cereals, pulses, spices, sugar, salt, cooking medium (oil),
ready to eat, ready to cook etc.
term Organic differs from commonly used terms like Natural,
Local, Sustainable, Green etc. as only organic produce
is certified by approved certification agencies.
farmer, who wants to be an organic producer, first of all registers
his farm and production, with some accredited certification agency.
Organic food are inspected and certified by these different accredited
certification agencies at every step from production to packaging
and hence assuring a safe food to customers. Every Nation implements
their own National Standards for Organic Products. On the basis
of compliance with their National Standards for Organic Production,
a trademark, a logo is granted which is displayed on each and every
product thus certifying it to be an Organic Product.
are some of the trademarks to look for on the products you wish
to purchase: INDIA-NPOP, India Organic, ECOCERT, USDA Organic,
Organic foods have been accepted
due to their apparent health benefits over chemically grown food
as studies and researches have shown that chemicals have a lethal
impact on farming and life. The residues of some toxic chemicals
in food stuff may lead carcinogenic, mutagenic, neuropathy, nephropathy,
reproductive disorders etc.
This awareness on healthy food habits
is growing in India so as the demand. The benefits of organic farming
far outweigh the costs. They are now been made available in all
major stores of different cities and people prefer to have it over
conventional food no matter if they have to pay 40 to 50 per cent
more as compared to conventionally grown foods. The pricing includes
the cost of consultancy for cultivation, cultivation practices,
organic seeds, manure, packaging, labeling, inspection, certification,
branding, marketing etc. However, remember that these can disappear
when supply increases, especially in those countries with policies
to encourage organic farming.
Compared to conventional foodstuff,
Organic food is more perishable as it doesn't use pesticides or
preservatives, so for customers it is suggestible to buy in small
quantities and replenish stock regularly. Health
foods cannot change a family history of diseases related to diabetes,
heart and liver. They do not guarantee a disease-free life, but
can definitely help combat diseases.
As the father of modern medicine,
Hippocrates said, `Let healthy food be your medicine rather than
medicine be your food!' That's what healthy eating is all about.
Author: Ashish Kataria B.Sc. Agriculture, M.B.A. Agribusiness,
I am an agriculture enthusiast with an educational background from
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology (G.B.P.U.A.
& T.), Pantnagar. [email protected]