The world is increasingly fond of organic food

In Switzerland, retail sales of organic vegetables and fruits continue to increase, most commonly carrots, tomatoes, pepper, apples, bananas and lemons. According to the Swiss Federal Agricultural Office (FOAG), from September 2016 to August 2016, sales of these items increased by 7% and 13% respectively. Meanwhile, sales of ordinary vegetables decreased by 3%, sales of ordinary fruits increased by only 1%. Organic varieties of vegetables and fruits also increased significantly.

Agricultural Office (FOAG), from September 2016 to August 2016, sales of these items increased by 7% and 13% respectively

In 2017, Swiss organic food sales reached US $ 2.6 billion, up 8% from the previous year, market share increased from 8.4% to 9%, cultivated area increased to 14.4 % Bio-Suisse Organic Agriculture Organization (Switzerland) says milk and organic cheese are the two most profitable items.

The organic food market is growing strongly in European countries, especially Germany, France and Denmark. The German organic food market has surpassed $ 11 billion while the figure in France is $ 9.4 billion, doubling in 5 years. Denmark continues to be the leading organic country in Europe as organic food sales increase by 23% in 2017, increasing organic market share to 13.3% and exceeding Germany (5.4%), France. (4.2%). This result is a great success for both the government and the Danish people. During the past three decades, the Danish government has issued a series of policies to support and develop organic agriculture while people show consistent support for clean food.

During the past three decades, the Danish government has issued a series of policies to support and develop organic agriculture while people show consistent support for clean food.

Despite many achievements, Europe still ranks second in the world in organic food, behind North America. In 2016, North American organic revenue increased by 1.4% to 38 billion USD. The data published by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) at the world’s leading organic exhibition BIOFACH 2018 shows that this upward trend will continue in the coming years.

Is organic vegetable good for our health?

Many people believe that using organic food will contribute to friendly environment protection. Compared to other kind vegetables, pesticides and chemicals are used, which will contaminate water. As for the cultivation of non-toxic organic vegetables, the yield and productivity of vegetable production are very small, even less than half that of conventional agriculture. This means that in order to get enough food for consumers, it will need double the area of ​​organic vegetables now. And in order to have organic food land, then we have to use the area for afforestation and low productivity agriculture, which also makes poorer farmers become poorer. Organic vegetable prices will also become more expensive.

There are also some saying that organic vegetables are more nutritious and delicious than other kinds vegetables. Many researchers point out that more or less food based nutrients are dependent on harvesting from processing from harvesting to cooking rather than organic growing or not. As for the perception that organic vegetables are better, no one has confirmed that the vegetables grown by any method are better. If you want to have fresh vegetables, you should look for vegetables that are harvested, in the right season and not sold for a long time.

Another mistake of many people is that when using organic vegetables, it is not necessary to wash thoroughly. Regardless of the method of growing vegetables, vegetables are likely to be toxic. Because when growing vegetables with organic fertilizers, the animal manure also contains bacteria that infect the soil and water from which the bacteria are transmitted to the vegetables, which are close to the ground. To avoid contaminated bacteria in vegetables, we should wash vegetables thoroughly before processing to ensure your family’s health. As for the concept of using better organic food are better for health, it is also true in different specific cases but not all cases.

The difference between organic chicken eggs and industrial chicken eggs

In the market today there are hundreds of types of chicken eggs from different farms. Because of concerns about the quality of eggs, many consumers began to choose to buy organic chicken eggs – eggs from organic chickens that are raised under special methods.
At first glance, organic chicken eggs do not have any other characteristics than other common white-shell eggs. However, the internal characteristics bring about differences. Let’s find out together.

1. Chicken breeds for eggs

These chickens are fed organic food (rice, corn …) fermented by Japan’s E.M. At organic farms, chickens live in a clean environment inside a closed enclosure, cleaned periodically.
Organic chickens absolutely do not use antibiotics, growth stimulants or other stimulants, help chickens live healthily and clean with disease.

2. Quality yolk
Organic chicken eggs have more yolk than regular eggs. The yolk is dark orange (the darker the egg has more nutrients). Eggs are also much more condense than regular eggs.

3. Rich in nutrients

Organic chicken eggs have been known to contain more nutrients than regular eggs. Compared to regular chicken eggs, organic chicken eggs have a higher content of Protein and Omega-3, but have a significantly lower cholesterol content.

4. Easy to digest
For normal eggs, if you eat more than 2 eggs, you will often have bloating. However, for organic chicken eggs, people can eat up to 4-5 eggs in one meal.

5. Different flavors

According to many consumers, organic chicken eggs taste better than regular chicken eggs, making dishes with eggs become more delicious, tasty and attractive.

What is the effect of organic chicken eggs?

-Good sources of vitamins A, D, E, B1, B6, B12 and calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc supplements for the body. Vitamin D is an essential micronutrient to consume calcium and maintain bone health
– Abundant protein sources and acids are essential for the immune system. Organic eggs have an anti-aging effect, enhancing muscle toughness
– Organic egg lecithin works in digestion, supports liver activity, limits the risk of arterial blockage caused by cholesterol.

Differentiate organic food and clean food

Many people believe in clean food, but some trust in organic food. So what is the difference between clean food and organic  food?

Clean food

According to experts, clean food is food obtained from farming sources, still using “inputs” as chemicals such as pesticides, synthetic chemicals … But the use of chemicals is done properly. The process of leaving products to market only has toxic residues below the permitted level, not harmful to consumers’ health. They are also called “safe” products.
Organic  food

In ASEAN countries, organic food concept is not new, but it is not yet widely known and people have not fully understood its meaning and its importance for their life and health. When asked: Being a wise mother, so do you know Organic food? ½ of them all shook their heads and mistakenly said: Oh, it’s just clean food.

However, that is not so. It is not from word of mouth or exaggerated words that are tested from reality by the hands and minds of food researchers.

Organic food is food including vegetables, fruits, cereals, meat, dairy products, eggs, honey … And organic food called Organic food must be collected from production sources. Do not use any chemicals.

Production of organic food requires implementation in a secure ecosystem, not near industrial plants, not near national highways, in the ground and water sources with metal residues and natural poisons. Water sources for irrigation and breeding must be from clean well water, not river water.

How organic food is labeled?

As a rule, products with Organic standards will be labeled “Certified Organic Foods” such as Organic formula, nutritious powder for Organic, meat, eggs, vegetables and Organic fruits.

This certificate is sticked on the product when and only if the product: does not contain hormones, does not contain herbicides, contains no chemical fertilizers, is not genetically modified, is not sterilized, has no aroma ,coloring products and preservatives. All Organic foods are subject to constant and rigorous control from the beginning to the end.

And foods that are labeled Organic must be controlled and tested by competent and reputable organizations in this field.

Organic milk compares to Regular milk

Organic milk is made from natural ingredients that are produced and processed in accordance with the Organic standard, from cow’s milk that is purely organic.
Organic cow’s milk must be strictly followed the process to produce the milk:
– Do not use hormone growth for cattle
– No residue of antibiotics
– No pesticides.

How does organic milk and regular milk differ?
Back to the time about 25 years ago, at which all animal raising activities were almost completely natural, animals were grazed on grassland and naturally moving, eating grass without the intervention of any public any art. The nutrients supplied by the animals have the trust of the users. It is possible to synthesize the elements from the organic dairy to differentiate with the farming dairy industry such as:

Nutrition: The pasture where the cows are grazed should not be sprayed with insecticides, no stimulants, no chemical fertilizers or anything other than nutrition from nature. Water for cattle also ensures strict standards.

No antibiotics and growth hormone: The injection of antibiotics and growth hormone into dairy cows will leave residues in the milk. Although strict inspection is required before use, public opinion is reluctant to use products from antibiotic-dependent dairy cows and growth hormones.

Dairy cows are naturally grazed. It is also easy to understand that the nature will provide the healthy source of nutrition. The cows are washed by the rain and sunbathing on the green grassland to have a healthy body and provide a healthy source of nutrition.

Organic Standard is the highest standard for food in the world. Organic milk products are manufactured according to strict procedures as: There are absolutely no chemicals, nopreservatives, technology production is absolutely safe. As a result, organic dairy products are rich in natural nutrients, ensuring utmost safety for the health of the consumers

Process to make organic sugar

Sugar is one of the most commonly used spices. However, in front of the matrices of common names such as “sugar”, “common sugar”, “organic sugar” confused housewife. They do not know what to choose to ensure the good health of the family.

Unlike other organic foods, the process of producing organic sugars is different from conventional sugar. In particular, the whole process ensures there are no synthetic chemicals or artificial compounds or additives.

There is a line of equipment and workshops that meet the requirements of food safety regulations when producing organic food. For packaging products must be capable of recycling, biodegradation, especially friendly to the environment. Especially, the packaging of organic sugar products does not contain any disinfectants or residues of chemicals and does not affect the quality of the products.

The process of organic sugar production begins with the use of organic sugar cane material that is washed, chopped and crushed to extract sugar cane juice. Next, the juice is boiled, rotated through the machine and dried into crystal sugar. Next, remove the molasses (a dark brown liquid in sugar cane juice) with steam to keep the crystal. As a result, the organic sugar product is light brown and contains all the nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamin B6, chromium.

Meanwhile, conventional sugar production processes can use lime and sulfur dioxide is used to remove impurities and sometimes leave a small amount of sulfur in the production process. Not only that, in order to make the sugar more white, the production process also relies on the help of activated carbon or other toxic coal. Right after that, to remove the molasses also need to extract two times to help white sugar.

As a result, the most distinctive of organic and conventional sugar production processes can be seen. Specifically, the process normally produces higher purity refined sugar, up to 99.99% purity – indicating “clean”. On the other hand, which is labeled “contaminated”, organic sugar is composed of minerals that have not been removed, all of which are good for the body.