Written by: Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) (UK), Ng Pui Yu
Many families choose to consume organic foods such as fruits, vegetables, and eggs. When asked about the reasons for purchasing organic food, most people respond with, “Because organic food is safer and more nutritious.” In this issue, the author will educate everyone about what organic farming is.
What is organic farming?
Organic farming refers to agricultural practices that replace synthetic substances with methods involving agriculture, biology, or machinery. It avoids using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified crops and instead relies on local natural resources while adhering to the laws of natural ecology. The scope of considerations is broad, for example: an organic production area on a farm must be at least 2 meters away from non-organic areas to prevent crop contamination.
Crop and Variety Selection and Diversity:
Management of Pests, Diseases, Weed, and Crop Growth:
From this perspective, organic farming emphasizes ecological conservation in the cultivation process. However, when it comes to nutritional value, there isn’t a significant difference between organic and non-organic foods. Furthermore, there is no evidence to suggest that children who consume organic foods are healthier or more intelligent. Of course, due to the environmental friendliness and reduced use of chemical pesticides in organic farming, I also encourage everyone to make more organic choices!
Conventional Farming vs. Organic Farming
More commonly uses chemical pesticides and fertilizers
l Fewer chemical pesticide
l Emphasizes ecological environment
l Uses non-genetically modified materials
No significant difference
Also need to pay attention to the principles of a healthy diet: low fat, low sugar, and low salt.