“But there comes a moment in history when ignorance is no longer a forgivable offense.” As a great admirer of Dan Brown’s novels, I couldn’t agree more to this maxim which despite its beauty, depicts a harsh reality which only the wise lot of this planet can understand. Now the actual concept revolves around the knowledge of what one is blessed with which is indeed health. For this purpose, a thorough understanding of the environment is a keen demand. So far, organic food and its importance have been a quite debatable matter but right now more important things are that how much current understanding we have about its benefits, how much more is required andwhat ways can lead toa better understanding.
In the US, organic is the fastest growing agricultural market and the adoption of various food regulations among people was made possible by the USDA’s National Organic Standards in 2002. After the adoption of these measures, out of a total of 637 interviewees, 77% reported the household purchase of organic food in the past 6 months. The residents of the places at or close to the environmental organizations, purchased the organic food more frequently as they were fully apprised of the prevention of any harmful chemical or fertilizer in its growth. According to the nationwide survey in 2004, approximately 56% of the interviewees have affirmed that organic food isbetter for the environment and health. Following this, the domestic food production has increased about 240% between 2002 and 2011, compared with the non-organic food market which is only 3%. The farm fresh foods produce and dairy is driving the organic food market. Together, they account for more than half of total organic food sales.From 2012 to 2015, almost 90 % of the people were satisfied with the quality and an estimate of 8 in 10 households buy certified organic products mostly produce and dairy which depicts people’s better understanding towards it.
However, a few resources varied due to a different perception of people regarding the benefits of organic food, with limited knowledge as the actual reason behind this.
Despite the optimist approach towards organic food by USDA which was then followed by the markets, a minor lot of people contradicts to this. For instance, in 2012, a study conducted by Stanford researchers found that organic foods are, on average, “no more nutritious” than conventional ones, per The New York Times. Moreover, another similar statement was madein the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2009 that there’s “no evidence of a better nutrient quality in organic food stuff”. However, later on it was proved that many of the organic food stuff including strawberries were found healthy due to the presence of more vitamin C. To support this research, various recent statistics concluded that 90% of the population was more affirmed of the quality and 10 % of the lot which contradicted, had less knowledge of the benefits due to a shallow approach towards the understanding.
In order to enlighten the rest of the population, there is an urgent need to carry out well-controlled human dietary intervention. Moreover, the cohort studies specifically designed to identify and quantify the health impacts of switching to organic food should also be taken into consideration and seminars towards this education need to be carried out. This way people can have a better approach towards the understanding of the health benefits of organic food.