To go organic or to not go organic? What a popular topic to talk about because organic food in Singapore is growing in popularity. More and more people are concerned about their health, and more and more companies are now producing organic alternatives to their product. So what is the buzz about organic food? Is it worth it? Should we go organic? Let’s look at some of the most common questions asked about Organic Food in Singapore.
What is organic food, what is the difference between organic and regular food?
Organic food is a type of food that are produced using all-natural processes. Most food we find in the market usually go through a process that isn’t all natural. It would use chemicals like pesticides and food additives. This applies for packaged food and local or imported produce.
There are many reasons why farmers use pesticides and manufacturers use additives. Pesticides are useful to keep pests and insecticides away from ruining the fruit and vegetables. Manufacturers want to preserve packaged food longer, so they will use additives. Some even use chemicals to enhance flavor. And while you will enjoy the taste of regular food, consuming the chemicals will cause a negative impact on your health in the long run.
Organic food represents the group of food that are grown and produced naturally without the help of chemicals. It is grown without additives, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic pesticides, and artificial fertilizers.
How do you know if food is really organic?
The easiest way is through the labels and code you can find from the food’s packaging. In order for a certain food product to be labelled organic, they need to meet certain standards set by certain organizations. Some of these organizations include: Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand, US Department of Agriculture, Australian Certified Organic, Japanese Organic Regulations, and Quality Assurance International. 
Know the company or business that sell the product. This is a great habit to build, especially if you’re thinking of going organic in the long haul. When you pick up an organic product at the local supermarket or specialty store, know who made the product and do a quick research about them when you get home. Know their story, find out how credible and legit they are. Get to know the brands to buy from in the world of organic food.
If you’re at a cafe or restaurant that sells organic food, you can ask them about where they get their produce and ingredients from. Don’t be afraid to open the conversation. Cafes, restaurants, and businesses that sell organic food are usually open about educating their customers about organic food. If they produce the food themselves, as them how they do it and where their farm is.
How much healthier is organic food compared to regular food?
There hasn’t been a conclusive study on how much healthier organic food is compared to regular food. There have been studies showing that organic produce is more nutritious than non-organic produce, but there have been studies showing that non-organic produce are just as nutritious as organic produce.
The studies that found organic food more nutritious showed that organic food is richer in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  On the other hand, what we know for sure is consuming chemicals, GMO, and pesticides in our food in the long run will cause harm to our bodies and health. So, it is encouraging to know there are studies confirming that organic food offers a higher nutritional value. It’s a good reason for you to try organic food as a part of your diet.
 Singapore Legal Advice, 2019. “Certified Organic” Food in Singapore: What Does It Mean?, from https://singaporelegaladvice.com/law-articles/certified-organic-food-singapore-meaning/
 Dangour, Alan D., et al. 2009. Nutritional quality of organic foods: a systematic review, from https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/90/3/680/4597089.