You might have seen organic produce in the supermarket and noticed that it was more expensive than regular produce. What exactly is organic health food though and does it have a different taste? Would organic boneless chicken be worth paying more for than conventional boneless chicken?
A Guide to Organic Health Food
Organic produce is grown and processed differently. It will not have been exposed to conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers, food additives, industrial waste, human waste, or ionizing radiation.
Organic livestock, such as chickens, are reared without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics and they are fed a healthy diet. They are not genetically modified. An organic chicken will have been fed organic grains grown on a farm which has free of chemicals and pesticides for a minimum of three years.
Organic chickens are raised humanely in an environment, which is free of stress. They are allowed to roam outdoors and have daily access to sunshine and fresh air. The bird has plenty of room to move and their outdoors area is safe and clean. Free-range chickens are also allowed to roam outside but the conditions might not be clean and they can be given drugs or antibiotics. They might have been fed genetically modified food too.
Do Many People Eat Organic Health Food?
Organic food used to be available only in farmer’s markets and small stores because the organic farms were small, family run ones. The production of organic food has increased about 20% a year since the early 1990s in both developing and developed nations.
Retail sales of organic health food in the United States in 2002 totaled $ 9 billion. In addition, the Department of Agriculture released the National Organic Standards at that time, stating the guidelines for health foods labeled “organic.” As of April 2008, organic food accounts for between 1 and 2% of worldwide food sales. Organic food is especially popular in Britain. A lot is actually imported because British farmers are unable to keep up with the high demand.
Does it Taste Different?
If you taste meat from an organic chicken and then meat from a battery chicken, the difference in flavor is obvious. There is some difference between organic chicken and free-range chicken but not so much.
Organic chickens are allowed room to roam about, so they have used muscles rather than wasted ones. They eat a better diet, have a better life, and are allowed to grow at a natural rate so it is clear that they will have a better flavor and texture. Organic farming is more labor intensive and the livestock feed is more expensive, so you should expect to pay more if you want to eat organic produce.
Just imagine creating a delicious boneless chicken recipe using rich and flavorful organic chicken pieces and healthy organic vegetables in an organic tomato based sauce. If you have never sampled organic vegetables, you really should because they are richer in flavor and they smell divine. A recipe like this one would be ideal for the whole family, especially if you have their good health in mind.