In 2020, a total of 6.5% of the average basket of French people was made up of organic products, and 13% of French people declared that they consumed at least one organic product per day. According to Agence Bio, since the health crisis, more and more French people say they take more time to cook (55% in 2020 against 47% in 2019), with an increase especially among those under 35. Reduction of waste and consumption of fresh and local products in the general population has also increased a little more among followers of organic than among non-organic.
But how does organic food keep you healthy?
It allows you to maintain your authentic and traditional relationship with the land. Organic farming does not date from today. For many, it symbolizes the connection to natural roots and history. Ethical and ecological principles really emerged in the 1920s with Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner questioning modern farming methods. In the 1930s, Swiss politician Hans Müller encouraged the independence of farmers and short circuits between producers and consumers. In 1940, the agronomist published works on soil fertility, the use of fertilizers and manure resources. Since the 1970s, this approach has been part of a context of rejection of consumerism and of awareness of the limits of the planet’s resources; FULL OF NATURE: No coloring, no artificial chemical fragrance, flavor enhancer, chemical pesticide not used to grow or make organic products. The few additives added are of natural origin. For baby food packages, for example, no vitamins, minerals or antioxidants can be added either; Eating organic goes hand in hand with a balanced diet, according to Emmanuel Casey Joyot, research director at INRAE * and research coordinator for the organic portion of Nutrinet. People who prefer organic foods eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.), vegetable oils, and whole grains. They have higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber than those who eat little or no organic produce. This diet ultimately reduces the risk of developing overweight, obesity, cancer or metabolic syndrome. Finally, fewer pesticides ** were found in the urine of large organic consumers (50% of their diet) than in the smallest (10% of their diet).
* National Institute of Agronomic Research
** Organophosphates and pyrethroids
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