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Rising Health Concerns of Consumers Creates Organic Spice Growth Opportunities

What is Organic Spice?

The growing consumer preference for organic products as part of a healthy lifestyle has resulted in the resurgence of organic products. As a result, people have realized over time that the food they have been eating is grown using chemicals and pesticides that are harmful to their health. Furthermore, people have become increasingly concerned about the malpractices that occur in the production of spices.

Also, consumers have realized that organic spices help to fight diseases and health problems by increasing immunity. Spices such as cumin, turmeric, garlic, ginger, and even saffron are excellent immune boosters. The organic spice market was worth USD 322.9 million in 2021 and is expected to grow to USD 440.05 million by 2028.

Organic agriculture has become increasingly important in recent years. Organic farming is gaining popularity among farmers all over the world. Several of them have begun to switch to this traditional method of cultivation in order to produce safe foods while also protecting the environment. The concept of organic farming is not new, but practices for sustainable farming and environmental preservation that are in line with modern organic farming concepts are being implemented now.

Why Refute Inorganic Spices?

Inorganic spices lack the concentrated medicinal and health benefits that you would expect, instead containing high concentrations of toxic chemical additives, GMOs, synthetic anti-caking agents such as sodium aluminosilicate, sodium ferrocyanide, calcium silicate, or silicon dioxide, pesticides, and other composition-disrupting additives.

They are also grown using fumigation and irradiation methods, which alter the chemical composition of a herb or spice by exposing it to ethylene oxide and radiation in order to kill bacteria and other contaminants. This process produces carcinogenic byproducts, increasing your risk of free radical damage.

Chemicals During Processing

Before they reach the markets, the raw spice powders are further processed and packaged. Many spice manufacturers used chemicals to process the spices to make the process easier, more standardized, and less expensive. However, these are harmful chemicals such as calcium silicate, silicon dioxide, and others that can have a negative impact on our health. This demonstrates that just because the final product appears appealing does not imply that it is safe to consume.

Pesticides and fertilizers

Before processing and packaging, the method of growing spices is what distinguishes organic and inorganic spices. Organic products are byproducts of organic crops grown using organic farming. Pesticides and fertilizers are used in conventional farming to grow crops. These chemicals harm crops and deplete their nutritional value. As a result, crops are subjected to harsh chemicals that degrade their quality before processing even begins. Fertilizers are used to grow more produce, but they harm the land and deplete its fertility.

Artificial colors and flavors

Many unfair and unethical trade practices take place in order to maximize profit when selling bulk spices. One of them is to add harmful and artificial colors and flavors to spices in order to reduce production costs. Spices in high demand, such as turmeric powder and red chili powder, are contaminated with food coloring, corn starch, sawdust, brick powder, lead chromate, and other impurities. These adulterated products are inexpensive, but their quality is subpar. These harsh colors and chemicals harm our health and disrupt our bodies' normal functioning.

Why Go Organic Spicing?

Organically grown spices have a high nutrient content because they are fertilized with organic manure as well as biofertilizers. Organically produced spices have a strong flavors and taste because no artificial compounds influence the chemical composition. Organic spices, herbs, and seasoning blends are all 100 percent organic certified and go through a rigorous quality assurance process to ensure product safety. For example, the Indian government has launched the National Organic Production Programme. The European Commission and Switzerland have agreed that the NPOP criteria for the development and accreditation method for unprocessed plant products are comparable to their respective national requirements. Likewise, the USDA has recognized NPOP accreditation conformity assessment procedures as being equivalent to US accreditation.

Aside from the health benefits, organically grown foods help to protect the soil, water sources, and water table. While much research is being done to determine whether organically grown spices are more beneficial than those grown with chemicals, it does not have the adverse effects of the chemicals, which would be worth the extra pennies you have to dig out of your wallet.