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Health benefits of consuming organic food...

Organic food refers to food that is produced using organic farming. In organic farming, modern synthetic inputs such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides are not used. Also, organic food is not processed using irradiation, a process in which food is exposed to radiation, chemical food additives and chemical solvents. Therefore, organic food is always safe for consumption. Research has shown that organic food has more antioxidants than food grown using conventional methods. Antioxidants are essentially nutrients that are important for the body and they help prevent cancer. More and more consumers are choosing organic food over food grown by conventional methods because the former eradicates the use of pesticides. According to a research paper published in ‘Environmental Health Perspectives’, majority of organophosphorus pesticide exposure in human beings comes from the consumption of food. And excess exposure to organophosphorus pesticide can hinder neurodevelopment, which ultimately results in autism among children, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other impairments. Meat and milk from organically raised animals have higher nutritional value than meat and milk from animals that are raised using conventional methods. In fact, milk from organically raised cows and goats has a higher amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics; they are fed organically grown feed. This is the reason why meat and milk from organically raised animals have low doses of antibiotic residues, and this leads to low antibiotic resistance among human beings. As such, it becomes easier to prevent and treat infections. Organic food is slowly but surely gaining popularity in India. Though organic food costs higher when compared to normal grains and fruits, it is worth the price. With greater awareness of the benefits of consuming organic food, people are switching from food grown using conventional methods to food grown organically. Apart from enhancing the health of human beings, organic food tastes better too. This is because vitamins and minerals are retained in vegetables and fruits while farming, which gives food its flavour. For example, organic ketchup tastes like fresh tomatoes whereas non-organic ketchup tastes like artificially created tomato flavouring. When farmers grow food organically, the soil and drinking water supplies do not get contaminated with pesticides and insecticides, making it safe to consume water from taps. It is said that many pesticides do not disintegrate in water and remain in water systems for years, which is harmful for human beings. So, by consuming organic food, we reap the benefits both directly and...
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Things to Know about Organic Food

Before going to the supermarket to purchase organic foods, it is essential that buyers learn certain things about these products. The first thing that they need to learn is the difference between organic food products and the conventional food products. The primary difference is in the manner that the two varieties are farmed. Conventional farming involves the utilization of chemicals to hasten the growth and increase production of the vegetables. Ammonium Nitrate is commonly used to increase the quantities of food products that are grown on the farm. Insecticides are used to destroy the pests that hamper the growth of farm produce. In fact, even the livestock on a farm are given growth hormones to increase their size. However, organic food does away with all these chemicals and grows the fruits and vegetables through natural means. Seeds, manure and plant materials are used to prevent the growth of bugs and weeds that could hamper the development of the produce. There are actually different kinds of organic food items. Some are completely organic. There are other food products which are mostly organic and vary in their levels like ninety percent organic or seventy percent organic. Then there are conventional food products that have organic ingredients in them. According to research done by the Environmental Working Group, which is a non-profit organization based in the United States, there are twelve food items which have the maximum amount of chemicals in them. The list includes many commonly eaten items like lettuce, grapes, strawberries, apples and carrots. The study says that if possible people should buy organic products for these twelve items since they will be a lot healthier. In case many people are thinking that organic farming is some kind of modern hip concept then they are totally wrong. This is actually one of the oldest concepts known to man. Prior to the 1940s, all farming was done through organic means. It was only after the development of fertilizers and pesticides that farmers began to abandon the ancient ways and take to modern methods. They found that by using chemicals they could grow much bigger crops in a faster way. So in a sense by eating organic food mankind is actually going back to its roots. These kinds of food products are beneficial for pregnant women as studies have shown that foetuses could get harmed even with low level exposure to pesticides and other...
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Marketing Organic Food

Many producers find that growing organic food is easier than marketing it. It is not unusual for farmers to be better at running their farms than competing in the marketplace. But just as farmers invest the time to learn the art of growing crops it is equally important that they learn the skills to sell their products. The first thing to do is to communicate the usefulness of organic foods clearly to the customer. While there is plenty of information on this type of farming, there are also many people who are unaware of the health benefits of these types of products. Therefore, organic food producers should either start their own campaigns or get themselves involved in campaigns that talk about the benefits of these types of food products. They should particularly focus on how these products are free of pesticides. The next thing that marketers can do is to focus on what their target market is going to be. These kinds of food products are rather expensive. It is therefore out of the range of low income buyers. It would be a good idea for sellers to aim their efforts at those who are in the high income range. This way they will know that they are going to get good prices for their products. There are many sellers in India who find that it is easy for them to get high revenues by exporting their products overseas. Markets in North America and Europe have a high demand for these products. Many marketers sell their produce to restaurants. This might take a bit of convincing in the beginning. Many restaurant owners would want to know why they should pay money for organic products when they can pay less and get conventional produce at a cheaper rate. This is where the seller should really employ his negotiation skills and get the restaurant owner to agree to the deal. If the seller were to be successful, he would find a regular customer for his products. There are also many fairs held all over India where organic food items are being sold. It is common to find such fairs in the big metros like Bangalore. This offers the chance for many sellers to talk directly to the buyer and explain to them the opportunity to try some of these products. This will also allow sellers a chance to interact with other producers and share tips and...