Natural and organic: what’s the difference?
In my previous article, I have shared a lot about health and other related stuff. I know that this is a long topic of discussion; so I simply want to share my views over the same. A question always strikes my mind, what is health? How does being healthy matter to each and every one of us?
We humans are very much same and also we are very much different from each other. For some of us, being healthy means looking perfect for each and every occasion and for some, health is all about mental well being. For me, the being healthy is not a social statement in fact, I believe it is a way of living, it is not something that will end after some time, say when I look great or when I feel great I will stop focusing on my health as I have achieved what I wanted, No! I will be healthy when my body and mind feel refresh, every day and every moment. It is a habit to me, or we can say, it is something I am addicted to.
Moving ahead, I was thinking about the same, health and nature and their relation with each other! But, the more I think about this topic, the more I get confused! Some time ago, say 6 months ago, my perception was like- If I am going to be natural and chose natural products, I will be healthy. But at the same time, I heard another unique yet different word from one of my friends who is also another health freak. The word she keeps on popping out of her mouth whenever someone consults her about health. She used to say- ‘Go Organic Go Healthy’. She used to say this very often. It is not that I haven’t heard this word before, but it rather confused me! I got confused between Natural and Organic! How does it matter whether the product is Natural or Organic? What is the difference between the two? Aren’t organic products are natural? Or aren’t natural products are organic?
I began to do my research over the same, Internet surfing and my peer network are two major tools in my researches. I Google it and after following a number of blogs and websites and long discussions with my friends and family, I finally got to know the difference between the two terms: Natural and Organic! Now that I know the difference, I am going to share my perception with you.
Speaking of it on an easy note, the difference lies between how the products are grown and how the products are processed. Natural products are minimally processed products, however Organic guarantees no toxic synthetic pesticides, no fertilizers and no antibiotics are used in production. Organic products do not contain any artificial colors and flavors or preservatives and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and these are being verified by organizations like US Dept. of Agriculture under its Organic Food Products Act and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In general, when a product has “organic label” it means that it is farmed, grown, or otherwise produced in a way that encourages soil and water conservation, reduces pollution, and uses non-chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. And the labeling of something as either “natural” or “all-natural” is supposed to mean that the product “does not contain added color, artificial flavors or synthetic substances,” or it could say ‘naturally flavored” but in reality, it’s very easy to find the these words on foods and drinks that are loaded with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and any other number of chemically-derived additives. When you buy food labeled “natural,” what exactly are you getting? Well, when it sits on a food label, the word “natural” has no regulated definition. However, Organic products uses the farming methods that combine scientific knowledge of ecology and modern technology with traditional farming practices based on naturally occurring biological processes. Also, organic is fundamentally different from conventional because of the use of carbon based fertilizers compared with highly soluble synthetic based fertilizers and biological pest control instead of synthetic pesticides; using techniques like green manure and composting as soil management techniques.
Jarod Kintz, a writer said- “I had a dream about you. We sold love like a couple of roadside lemonade-stand vendors. Your love was organic, and mine was made with yellow tennis balls.”
The yellow tennis balls I can easily relate to the chemical products which we use today; and organic here naturally refers to something more natural and healthy.
Knowing the above mentioned facts, I asked a question to myself that the products which says natural are they actually good to use? Or do I need to go for the organic products as well? Is organic the real natural these days? Undoubtedly, the market of organic products is increasing these days as people are much more aware and concerned about their health. And when it comes to one’s health then no one can compromise with this particular point.