Organic Food Access and Popularity

And the report will answer all the questions asked by the manager of the HealthCo PCT, and will then analyze the various answers. After analyzing is done, findings will be given on whether organic food is better for people than conventional food. Also, whether it has benefits, which can outweigh the extra cost for organic food.Organic food can be defined as pure food without any artificiality. According to the Food Lover Companion (2001), The term organic typically describes food that has been cultivated and/or processed without the use of chemicals of any sort including fertilizers, insecticides, artificial coloring or flavoring and additives. And, according to Gurl.com (2004), Foods that claim to be organic use materials and practices that do not hurt the environment. Food is grown… in soil whose humus content is increased by the additions of organic matter, grown in soil whose mineral content is increased by the application of natural mineral fertilizers (Rodale 1972). The public can’t determine whether the food is organic or not, just by observation. DEFRA (2006) stipulates that the use of the word organic accompanied by the correct code and/or certification information as shown below on the label or within the shop is your guarantee that it has been organically produced.In UK organic food is purchased in large numbers. The Absolute refers to the overall amount of organic food consumed in the UK and relative refers to the percentage of organic relative (that is, other food) to the absolute consumed food figure. And the amount of organic foods purchased in the UK both in absolute and relative terms is 4400 tonnes. And this amount has changed up to 7.9% in recent years. (LycosIQ.com 2007). UK organic market is lower in absolute terms than in several other EU Member States (Second Report 2001)The consumption of organic food in the UK is in the range of 1.6-billion pounds in 2005(planetark 2006). While retail sales of organic products in the U.S. have increased by an average of 23 % per annum (USDA 2006).