Are you a foodivist? Foodivist are the people who care about where the food comes from. They’re also the ones who care about the use of pesticides and growth hormones. In conclusion, foodivists are the people who eat and buy local organic food.
Everybody knows that how food is grown or raised can impact both in health and in the environment.
So, why aren’t we all foodivists?
In Europe and USA, the offer of organic food it’s not a problem: local organic food is now a regular feature at most supermarkets. And on the other hand urban farming has gone mainstream…
Is it a question of price? Probably this is an important argument. However, this is not an impediment to the acquisition of other more expensive goods …
Maybe the strongest arguments I can refer are related with some misinformation or discredit about these claims.
A simple example, at the supermarket we have a conventionally grown apple. On the other shelf, we have one that's locally organic grown. Both apples are firm, shiny and red. Both provide vitamins and fiber, and both are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. Which should we choose?
It’s not easy. Is organic food really healthier? Is it more nutritious? Why is it so expensive? Is “organic” always best?
The answer it’s not easy… There are different arguments for and against. In my opinion organic food is always a better choice.
Firstly, studies demonstrate that organic fruit and vegetables contain fewer pesticides. And we know that organic milk and meat come from cows that did not receive hormones or antibiotics, get an organic feed and have access to pasture. Organics is about production methods free of certain chemical pesticides, herbicides, irradiation, GMOs, and sewage sludge in plant crops, and antibiotics and hormones in animals.1
Secondly, the evidences of nutritional benefits are unclear. Some studies suggest that, on average, organically grown fruits and vegetables may contain slightly higher levels of vitamin C, trace minerals, and antioxidant phytonutrients than conventionally grown produce. However, other studies have found no nutritional differences between organic and non-organic foods.
Thirdly, even if it’s not necessarily better nutritionally, organic farming is better for the environment because less soil, flora and fauna are contaminated by chemicals. And goods are from local producers. So it’s also good to local economy.
And lastly, the quality, flavour and smell of organic food it’s incomparable. Taste both apples, organic and conventionally at the supermarket and all the doubts will disappear.
So, am I a foodivist? In theory, yes I am. And frankly, I’d be proud to be called a foodivist….
However if this questions don’t yet concern you… please, eat food that’s better for you, organic or not.
1 Council Regulation 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products