What Are Organic Food ?

What Are Organic Food ?

Organic food is something that is catching on as more and more people are getting aware of what they are putting into their bodies. However, there are still some people who are skeptical about it as they do not know what is organic food.

Organic food basically refers to anything that can be eaten that is produced, manufactured, processed and packed without being exposed to harmful chemicals and toxins.

Organically grown and produced food is considered to healthier than conventionally grown and produced food. Over the last five years, this industry has grown quite fast and there is now a large market for it in the US.

It is estimated that the world organic food market is worth more $52 billion and this trend is going to increase in the coming years. Although in 2008 and 2009, the world was facing a severe recession, the organic food industry did not get damaged by it. Instead there was double digit growth in this industry.

Today, every country is facing organic food revolution and it is not just limited to the United States. Some of the foods that are organically grown and produced, and are in high demand are tea, coffee, meat, beef, milk, honey, vegetables, fruits, rice, corn, herbs, coconut oil, olive oil and essential oils. However, organically produced ingredients are also being used to manufacture many skin care products, shampoos, soaps and even clothing.

Parents have become more conscious and want to feed their babies just organic food and dress them in organically produced clothing. So, this market has also increased in size.

The fact that in the US 12 fruits and vegetables are considered to contain high levels of contaminants has also spurred the organic food market. Most people looking for organic food buy their foodstuff from farmers' markets, local produce markets, health stores and Asian markets. These are places that sell certified organic food. The certification is given by the USDA, so you can be assured that all the food that is certified as organic is grown or produced using the standards prescribed by the USDA and are completely free of toxins and chemicals.

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