Organic food has grown in popularity in the past few decades. By “organic”, it’s meant the way that agricultural crops are grown and processed. Very stringent guidelines are in place for an item to be labelled as “organic”.


Organic crops are grown in safe soil, devoid of any modification. Synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs, or also known as GM), petroleum based fertilizers or sewage sludge-based fertilizers are forbidden in the cultivation of organic crops.


Genetically Modified Organisms are crops whose DNA has been modified for a variety of reasons: better yield, better harvest, better resistance to pesticides, and shorter cultivation periods among others. The crops effects have not been fully tested on humans or the environment on a long-term basis. Organic food cannot contain GMOs.


Organic food has a variety of benefits. Studies have shown that organic food has greater quantities of nutrients and vitamins, such as antioxidants than normally industrial based crops. Other benefits include:

  • Organic food is rarely allergic.

  • Food allergies are reduced or completely eradicated when people switch to eating organic food.

  • Organic food does not contain any pesticides.

  • Large amounts of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are used in conventional farming. Most of the pesticides are present in the foods that we eat. Despite washing and cleaning, we cannot completely eliminate these pesticides. Organic food does not contain any pesticides.

  • Children are particularly vulnerable to these pesticides due to their less-developed immune systems as their bodies and brains are still developing. Exposure at an early age can lead to behavioural issues, developmental delays and motor dysfunction.

  • Pregnant women are also at risk. Putting the body under more stress by introducing these chemicals into the body is not healthy – these chemical can pass from the mother to the child in the womb and also through breast milk.

  • We have a chemical “body burden” – a build up of pesticides in our bodies through the years of exposure. This can lead to complication in the latter part of our lives from issues like headaches, birth defects and the added trauma on an already weakened immune system.

  • Organic food is fresher.

  • Organic food does not contain any preservatives and taste fresher when eaten.

  • Organic farming is kinder to the environment.

  • Organic farming methods reduce pollution from the environment. The methods also conserve water, reduce soil erosion, and increase soil fertility. Conventional farming with its large doses of pesticide often do more harm than good: polluting the soil and contaminate groundwater and poisoning the local wildlife.

  • Organic food has higher levels of nutrients and vitamins.

  • Organic food has greater levels of vitamins, minerals and nutrients from conventionally grown crops. They are also higher in antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous. Large amounts of salicylic acid are evident in organic food. Salicylic acid is vital in fighting hardening arteries.


As the world moves ahead with industrialisation it’s apt that we should take stock of how our food is produced and make a choice for organic food, not just for health’s sake, but for the environment as well.