Organic food is an important topic for the science community, but it is not yet widely understood, says the author of a new book on the topic.
“Most people don’t think about it as much,” says Andrew Foulds, author of Organic Food Taste and Why, published this month.
Fouldson, a professor at the University of Western Ontario, is among those who say that, despite the complexity of organic food, consumers are likely unaware of the differences between organic and conventional.
“I think organic food is a very complex topic,” he says.
“Organic food has a lot of ingredients, it’s made from plant materials, it has to be processed, and it’s also very, very expensive.
So for people to not think about organic food and not know what it’s all about is a huge problem.”
Fouldsin said his book was inspired by his work as an organic food inspector, which he completed as a PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2007.
After a couple of years of working on the organic food inspection program in British Columbia, Fould-son started working as a research associate at the National Centre for Food Research in Cambridge, England, working on a project examining the health impacts of organic and non-organic food, and to understand what happens when organic food tastes better than conventional.
He says he was initially surprised to find that a study published in 2013 by researchers at the US National Institutes of Health found that the average organic food consumer was less satisfied with their food than non-commercially grown food.
But Fouldins findings were more than a bit different from that.
“One of the things that I found interesting was that, of the people that I spoke to, the majority of them said they were very satisfied with the taste of their food, but there was also a minority who were unhappy,” Fould said.
“So I thought, what if I asked them how they were satisfied?
How much more satisfied were they than the people who were not buying organic?”
Fould sifted through consumer research on organic food.
He found that most consumers who buy organic food do so because they want to, and because it tastes better.
But he also found that a minority of consumers actually say that they want organic food but don’t know what to do about it.
Fiddings said that while most people might think that organic food has all the ingredients and is made from the same plant materials as their conventional food, there is a great deal of variation in what organic food actually tastes like.
“The taste is quite variable, because organic food tends to have some less nutritious elements that the conventional food does,” he said.
Fulfilling expectations of consumers organic food would not only improve the quality of their meal, but also reduce the health risks associated with the chemicals and pesticides that are often used in organic food production, Fidds said.
While organic food does contain certain nutrients, it is usually very low in vitamins, which is why many organic foods are fortified with vitamins, such as B12 and iron.
“A lot of the nutrients that you need in organic foods don’t necessarily come from conventional crops,” Fiddins said.
But there are a number of nutrients that are added into organic food that are also added to non-conventional crops.
Fills studies organic food for two years and found that organic foods had a higher level of iron than nonorganic food.
Organic foods are also more likely to have lower levels of calcium, sodium, vitamin C and potassium, he said, but that these nutrients are not necessarily linked to the health of the food.
“There’s a lot more variation than we’ve ever seen in organic, conventional food,” he added.
And if they do decide to buy organic, they might think, well, this is all very nice and organic, but if I’m really worried about my health, maybe I should buy something else.” “
They’re just not sure what they want.
And if they do decide to buy organic, they might think, well, this is all very nice and organic, but if I’m really worried about my health, maybe I should buy something else.”
The impact of organic versus conventional foods on health Fould’s research suggests that people are willing to pay more for organic food because they are willing, and that is not a bad thing.
“Many people buy organic because they’re interested in eating healthier foods, and many people buy this because they think that this is a way of protecting their health,” he told The Canadian Press.
“But in reality, it may be the other way around.
I think the fact that consumers are willing is an indication that they are not fully aware of the health impact of food, particularly when it comes to the pesticides and the chemicals that are used to produce organic food.”
Felling a pest on organic foods is not the only concern with organic food The organic food industry is also facing a number other concerns that can limit its ability to compete with conventional food.
Filled with chemicals that have been found to be effective at killing pests, organic food often has no