Thursday, July 25, 2024

Things To Know About Organic Foods

Nowadays, organic food has become quite popular among urban Nepalis. As a consumer or as an investor, here are the things to know about organic foods in Nepal. 

The popularity of organic foods are not popular among the westers but also among the locals. This has helped to embrace both consumers and producers. The increased interest in organic food among urban Nepalis has grown in different areas of organic farming.

While being concerned about health and choosing organic food products. How much do you know about organic food in the market? Are you aware of everything to know about organic foods in Nepal?

With the growing number of Kathmandu restaurants that only serve dishes produced with locally sourced organic ingredients, you should know these things as a consumer or future investor. Let’s look at these basics.

What defines organic?

Food grown without synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers can be categorized as organic. It should be noted that organic foods may not be entirely free of chemicals. Some organic crops may be grown on land previously used for non-organic food production, including chemical residues.

Nonetheless, pesticide residual levels in organic food are significantly lower. While farming, the organic farmer should prioritize environmental conservation and seek to coexist with existing ecosystems.

This includes conservation efforts for water, soil, and energy, using renewable resources, and devotion to natural farming cycles. This differs from the quality and nutritious values of processed foods and preservatives added to keep them fresh for a long time. For example, canned juice, tomatoes, and chemically ripened fruits and vegetables.

What are the problems in Nepal?

In our country, the focus on encouraging organic farming in policy and programs needs to be increased. The government needs to provide more assistance to organic growers and marketers. The problems like the pricing of the product should be estimated.

Organic farming faces a shortage of technical expertise and capacity to address agriculture concerns with a scarcity of organic technology to support production. There is insufficient research on processing and certification, poor investment capacity, tiny and fragmented land holdings, and a small producer’s ability to take risks.

On the consumer side, there is a lack of understanding about organic products, their quality, and availability. There is also doubt about the validity of these products, owing to their higher costs and insufficient market infrastructure.

What are the prospects in Nepal?

Organic farming shows great potential in the climate of Nepal. In our market, our local farmers can deliver high-quality organic food across the country by leveraging expertise and technology rather than importing underripe vegetables from neighboring nations.

Our Local policymaker should create a clear long-term vision and develop complete strategies that include research, extension services, market development, and the commercialization of organic farming, which are essential for the growth of this industry.

To end

Nepal is way back in the context of canned foods and technology. Looking at this situation as a positive aspect, we should be happy that our food is directly from the farm. But also question if they are really organic. The residual chemicals in those farmed folks may lead you to many health complications. So, it is the duty of local policymakers to check and control the unthinkable.

As a consumer, we should also be careful about what we call organic and what is not. So, In the end, let me ask you, is french fries organic?
Let us know in the comment below.

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