Environmental friendliness is one of the most noticeable trends in many areas. This is due to the increased awareness of people, which is manifested in caring for the environment and their own health. Organic food like Seed & Sprout is the first with which many begin this way.
How Dangerous Are the Usual Products?
The last thing that worries the world food industry is your health. Its goals are somewhat different: to feed as many people as possible at a bargain price. This economic benefit is achieved by combining several methods: cheaper production processes; increased shelf life of products; reducing the level of resource loss (resistance to pests, diseases, adverse external factors), and reduced production costs. To achieve these goals, manufacturers use a range of measures – from genetic engineering to chemicals. As a result, supermarket shelves are filled with beautiful, vibrant food that does not spoil for months. Few people think much about, for example, the gigantic size of chicken or bell pepper, milk that does not sour, but rot, or about the distorted taste of almost all the usual foods.
External beauty of products is not a guarantee of their safety. As a result, the majority of the population is faced with chronic diseases of internal organs, eating disorders, decreased immunity, skin and hair problems. At the same time, it is still not customary to associate these problems directly with food, although in most cases it is safe to do so. Many people do not even know how their lives can change and how their health will improve when they switch to organic food. One of the clearest examples is the increase in antibiotic resistance in humans. It develops due to excessive consumption of meat and milk from animals, which are often treated with antibiotics.
What Products Are Considered Environmentally Friendly?
To meet the criteria of environmental friendliness, a particular product must be manufactured in compliance with a number of requirements. Production or cultivation of food occurs in an ecologically clean area, away from major cities and industries. For fertilizing the soil, as well as for animal feed, no chemicals, growth hormones, or medicines are used. At the same time, “natural” methods are used to control pests: trapping insects with birds, manual processing, ultrasonic and light traps. For the production of the final product, no artificial additives are utilized, only natural preservatives and natural dyes. As a result, products that do not look very attractive come to the market but cost 20-50% more than usual ones.
However, those who advocate a safe organic diet, understand that food is an invaluable investment in their own health. To get to the shelves of the department of organic goods, a particular product must pass the appropriate certification. There are several dozen large organizations that are authorized to conduct examinations and issue appropriate markings. Buying a product that has a sign of eco-certification is much more profitable than buying pseudo-clean products from private farmers.