If I asked you where you get your vitamins and minerals from, your response would probably be from the food you eat. But wait, where does the food you eat get its vitamins and minerals?
All plants get their nutrition from the soil. Plants take up inorganic minerals from the soil and through photosynthesis make vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, enzymes and a host of other nutrients. When we eat plants, or the animals that eat the plants, we are consuming nutrients.
When it comes to which is superior for your health, there is no doubt that organic trumps non-organic. An organic farmer has to spend time building up important nutrients in the soil by feeding the soil. When there is the right balance of nutrients, an organic plant is able to defend itself naturally against pests and disease.
On the other hand, the conventional farmer has no reason to take care of the soil. With the use of herbicides and pesticides, he can make anything grow. Over time, the soil is stripped of its minerals so the food that grows in the soil is nutritionally poor.
There’s so much more I can write about why you should eat organic but to keep this post brief, I will stop here. I urge you all to do your own research on organic food and its benefits.
One concern I want to address though is that of the great expense associated with consuming organic food. Yes, organic food is more expensive than non-organic food. But with a little bit of advanced planning and smart shopping, organic food can be accessible to anyone. If you can, buy organic food when it is on sale. Use your local farmers markets or get in touch with your local organic farmer.
In the GCC, finding a local organic farmer might be a bit difficult, but don’t let that stop you. Most large supermarkets will carry a range of local and imported organic produce. Look for the USDA label or the European Union “Bio” label on foods.
In Saudi Arabia, locally grown organic food will carry the USDA Organic or the Organic Saudi label, as shown below. Imported organic foods will carry the country of origin organic food label.