Is Organic Only a Food Trend Movement?

Is Organic a Food Trend Movement

 

Today we are more interested than ever in what we eat and where our food comes from.

The food trend forecast for 2014 is:

  1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
  2. Locally grown produce
  3. Environmental sustainability
  4. Healthy Kids Meals/Children’s nutrition
  5. Gluten-free cooking

What is the organic movement? Can it be called a food trend?  First, a trend is something that appears, and in time disappears. Like chocolate fondue in the 1970’s, swiftly was introduce and excepted, and later was swiftly pushed off the food seen.  Now to answer the first question, let’s consider when we the consumer’s started thinking about organic foods.

Spice n Nice Natural foods Virmonts oldest natural foods storeThe organic movement had sprung directly from the customers’ demand as they became sick of the health hazards associated with the use of chemicals in food, and including household products. This started in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and back then it was the “be natural” approach.

Here in the image shows Vermont’s oldest natural food’s store. Their mission began in 1970, and has been ever since to offer alternatives that improve health and nutrition, support farming, advocate for our environment, and sustain our economy.

Organic products were offered only through health food stores in the 1970s and 80s, which have spread to the corners of supermarkets in the 1990s. Today (since about mid-2013), organic products, including organic foods, occupy prime shelf space in the big chain supermarkets.

Whole Foods Market selling organic foodsBut since the later parts of 2013 and until now (July 2014) you can buy organic produce and meats in Wal-Mart and Costco, and as stated in other market chains occupying their prime pace. Don’t forget about “Natural Foods Market” (has been around since 1950’s) and the ever popular growing “Whole Foods Market”.

The organic trend or movement has always been around. People have always been interested in organic food due to concerns over non-organic foods containing harmful substances like additives, preservatives, and now days we can add the concern over GMO foods.

Wikipedia says, “In recent years, environmental awareness has driven demand and conversion to organic farming [more so than ever before]. “ They go on to say, “Organic production and marketing have grown at a fast pace.”

The Organics Institute says, “Until the 1920’s, all agriculture was generally organic. It was not until the Second World War that farming methods changed dramatically. In 1939, Paul Muller developed DDT, the first of a new class of insecticides – chlorinated hydrocarbons to counter the pest problems.  This led to the outright dismissal of organic farming methods.”

The institute also says that the organic movement [today] is more of a renaissance than a revolution (or a food trend movement).

Is the desire by many to eat organic foods just a movement or tend that will soon pass? What is your opinion? Please leave your comments below, join in the conversation, “Is Organic Only a Food Trend Movement?”

Check out our new page here at  -Splendid Recipes and More-  featuring recipes that use organic foods: Recipes Using Organic Foods 

Read our other posted articles on the subject of Organic (link here).

 

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2 thoughts on “Is Organic Only a Food Trend Movement?

  1. Not a trend for me. I want vegetables and fruits that have not been treated with pesticides and meat and fish raised with sustainable practices. Hopefully growers of these products will become more numerous.

    • Yes I feel the same way Jovina. Organic farming is not a new innovation. It has always been practiced since the first time seed was sown for food by human kind. The change came after 1000’s of years in the 1939 when DDT was introduced and now GMO with the use of toxins.

      Thanks Jovina for always reading our posted articles. I appreciate your comments as well.

      Regards,
      Randy

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