Gourmet Foods 101
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Organic Produce

Not Genetically Modified

By definition, organic produce must come from organic soil without the use of fungicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Generally, organically grown foods usually taste better and have a firmer texture than conventionally grown foods. However, organic produce may have blemishes and imperfections and can be smaller than non-organic produce. Conventional produce, on the other hand, is graded, of uniform size, bigger than standard and less expensive than organic produce.

Since organic produce isn't grown with any chemicals, it's generally thought to be a lot healthier for you as you aren't digesting any of the fertilizers or chemicals that have been sprayed on the food. Whenever a farm advertises organic produce, it must be certified by a governing entity. Organic farming does not permit the use of toxic and persistent chemicals in favor of more earth-friendly practices that work in harmony with nature. Organic methods provide for a sustainable farm that can refurbish itself with proper management and without toxic chemicals. Organic farming is basically an ecological system that, at its core, relies on healthy soil to produce strong plants that resist pests and diseases.

Since we live off of the land, we have to make sure it isn't being harmed environmentally. Growing organic produce is a step in the right direction since naturally grown fruit, vegetables and meat do not harm the environment. A lot of people believe that the premise of organic gardening is to feed the soil, not the plants. When natural plant matters and manures are introduced properly into the soil, it orchestrates a release of balanced nutrients over time and in concert with the way plants are designed to operate.

Nitrogen fertilizers can create too much foliage and overwhelm the plants' development and maturity process, including seed formation. Too much nitrogen can also create early insect infestation and an unhealthy crop. Without fertilizers, the sugars of plants travel down its roots and stimulate bacteria in the soil, which becomes available as nutrients. Pesticides often affect more than they are supposed to, including the soil. Pesticides can also kill off earthworms and drive away bees, butterflies, birds and people.

Healthy soil generally means healthy plants and fewer insects. If you consider the role of insects may be to eat unhealthy plants and to weed them out, then the garden becomes the survival of the fittest with only the healthiest and freshest organic produce being available. In this case, you will be eating some of the best tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, green peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and carrots etc. in the country.