Health and organic foods have become extremely popular over the past few years. Organic produce contains fewer pesticides that are widely used in conventional agriculture and is often fresher as they do not contain preservatives. Organic farming is also better for the environment as there is less pollution, soil erosion and waste in production. Humboldt are a natural food brokers, who deal with international food imports of health and organic foods from a variety of sustainable and ethical farms.
The word organic refers to the way that farmers grow and process their agricultural products including fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat products. Organic farming practices are designed to promote a self-sustaining cycle of resource on a farm including enhancing soil quality, reducing pollution, enables natural stock behaviour and provide healthy livestock habits.
Coconut oil is classified as a superfood as it contains fatty acids with good medicinal properties. This food product comes from the meat of a mature coconut.
Quinoa is one of the world's most popular health foods as it is high in proteins, fibre, vitamins and other nutrients. It is organically grown and completely gluten free.
Genetically engineered foods or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) include plants whose DNA has been modified in ways that cannot occur in nature or traditional crossbreeding. Typically, modified foods are altered to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide. The ongoing debate about GMOs effects on health and the environment is an extremely controversial one. Although the crops are now resistant to diseases and insects, there is still controversy over the level of risks posed. Genetic modification is still in its early stages so the long term effects of it on human health are not understood. There is growing evidence that shows the potential health benefits of organic foods compared to conventionally grown foods. Studies have shown an increase in the nutrients contained in organic produce with an increase in antioxidant properties. Studies have also shown lower levels of toxic metals in organic grains and lower levels of pesticide residue. Organic food can easily be identified by an organic logo on the packet. Manufacturers and suppliers all follow norms set by a certifying body of their region in order to receive the logo on their food items.