Organic food, what truth do you have to know?

In recent years, organic food has become more and more popular, and many people only choose organic food when shopping in supermarkets. However, businesses have also taken the opportunity to publicize that organic food does not use chemical additives, is pure natural, more nutritious and safer, and many consumers are flocking to it. However, is organic food really better? Is it worth people’s love? Truth 1: Organic food is not necessarily safer. Organic food is actually a product produced, processed and sold according to the standards of organic products for human consumption and animal use. In fact, organic food is produced and processed without synthetic chemicals, such as fertilizers, chemical pesticides and chemical growth regulators. But will it be safer? Not necessarily. First of all, organic food will also use pesticides. Organic food does [cannot use synthetic pesticides], but it does not mean that it does not use pesticides, but it uses [organic pesticides]. Organic food is allowed to use pesticides in the production process, including some botanical and animal-derived fungicides and pesticides, such as natural insecticides and rotenones. There are also fungicides and insecticides from mineral sources, Such as lime water, Bordeaux liquid, etc. Although different from synthetic pesticides, But they are also toxic, It is not completely non-residual, If you eat without cleaning, There may also be safety risks to the body. In January 2014, Canada’s Food Inspection Agency released the results of a test conducted for nearly two years. 45.8% of organic fruits and vegetables contained pesticide residues, 1.8% of the residues exceeded the standard, According to the inspectors, Pesticide residues may have drifted from nearby non-organic farms, Or transferred through soil or groundwater, It may also be obtained through contact with non-organic products during storage and transportation. But in short, It is inevitable. Whether synthetic pesticides or botanical pesticides are used, The key to safety also lies in the rational use and monitoring of safe residues. From the perspective of environmental protection, Plant pesticides used in organic agriculture are also not environmentally friendly. Research shows that these plant pesticides also have certain safety risks to the environment and animals. Secondly, organic food will have the risk of natural toxins. Some plant foods, in order to prevent natural enemies, will produce natural toxins; Moreover, organic foods also have the risk of being contaminated by mycotoxins. For example, peanuts may also become moldy and aflatoxin may also be at risk. Cereals are also at risk for mycotoxins, For example, there may be a risk of fumonisin in corn. In addition, Organic fertilizers are at risk of contamination by heavy metals and germs. Organic fruits and vegetables do not use chemically synthesized fertilizers. Instead, plant compost or animal excrement is used. This brings about a problem: Animals and livestock have germs and heavy metals in their bodies, which will be excreted with feces. Vegetables and fruits grown with these fertilizers may be infected with Escherichia coli, Salmonella, etc., which may lead to infection and even death of eaters. In 2011, vegetables from an organic farm in Germany caused 3950 cases of Escherichia coli poisoning and 53 deaths. Frozen mixed berries on an organic farm in the United States led to an epidemic of hepatitis a in 2013. Causing 162 people to get hepatitis a in 10 states. The source of these two serious safety accidents came from organic agricultural manure. Therefore, Organic food is not necessarily safer, The key is whether the planting is standardized. As long as the planting is standardized, Conventional food and organic food are safe. Truth 2: Organic food is not necessarily purer. Food additives will also be used in the production process of organic food. China’s national standards have clear regulations on the production of organic food. Organic food can use additives and processing aids, including 37 additives and 22 processing aids. With regard to food additives, Dr. Clove wrote another article, “Food Additives, It’s not as terrible as you think. It was introduced to everyone in > >. So, Don’t think that organic food is without additives. Organic food is not [pure natural]. Many people will equate [organic food] with [pure natural food]. However, Many countries in the world, including China, do not have clear standards for pure natural food. It is difficult for people to define what kind of food is pure natural. If people expect that there are no pesticides, veterinary drugs and other chemicals to be used as criteria for evaluating pure natural food, We can’t find all natural. You know, With the progress of modern society, Pesticides and fertilizers are being used more and more widely, The natural environment such as air and water in some areas has been polluted, All foods we eat inevitably contain these substances. Truth 3: Organic food is not necessarily more nutritious. In the eyes of ordinary people, organic food also represents healthy food. According to a survey report by a consulting firm, 68% of city residents believe that organic food has higher nutritional value than ordinary food. However, let’s take a look. Is organic food really more nutritious than ordinary food? According to a summary analysis of 55 related studies conducted by the British Food Standards Agency, In terms of nutritional quality, There is no difference between organic food and conventional food. The French Food Safety Administration conducts a comprehensive analysis of dry matter, carbohydrate, protein, fat, minerals, vitamins and some phytonutrients in food. As a result, Current research also cannot determine that organic foods are more nutritious. In 2012, There is a study of nearly 6,000 papers published between 1966 and 2011 comparing organic food with conventional food. Finally, 237 articles with the highest correlation degree were selected as the analysis objects. The analysis concluded that organic food is not healthier or safer than traditionally grown food. Therefore, at present, both the mainstream consensus in academia and the attitude of major national regulatory authorities are that [organic food is nutritionally similar to conventional products]. Qualified organic food must meet the conditions of what? China’s national standard for organic products specifies in detail various requirements for the production, processing, labeling and management of organic products. Including: species (grain, vegetables, fruits, livestock, aquatic products, honey, etc.) have not been genetically modified; Chemically synthesized pesticides, fertilizers, growth regulators, feed additives and other substances shall not be used in the production process. In addition, It also makes many detailed requirements for water quality, air and ecological environment. For example, Production bases should be far away from urban areas, industrial and mining areas, traffic arteries, industrial pollution sources, domestic garbage dumps, etc. Compared with ordinary products, The difference between organic products mainly lies in the control of the production process. Organic food has stricter control over the production process. The use of pesticides, additives and chemical products, as well as the selection and waiting of sites, are all stricter. Therefore, the production, processing and sales of organic products must be certified by government agencies. Is organic food worth buying? No matter in terms of nutritional value, In terms of safety, organic food will not have more advantages than ordinary food. Moreover, in general, the price of organic food will be more expensive. According to some statistics, the price difference is as high as 40% or more. Therefore, Dr. Clove suggested that everyone should not believe in organic food. However, if economic conditions permit, there is nothing wrong with buying some naturally.