Regular readers will know the importance we place on healthy food and lifestyle choices.
The Soil Association are promoting Organic September. Their standards for animal welfare are amongst the highest in the world. There are no artificial preservatives or pesticides allowed and GM ingredients are not permitted. This means when you buy Soil Association accredited food you know it has been produced using the highest standards
We want to share with you why we believe in organic produce
Here are some of the key points:
- Our food needs to taste good.
- We don’t want food that is filled with additives.
- We want a sustainable food supply.
- We want to support and protect our wildlife.
- Food should come from healthy animals that have lived a good life.
- Our food needs to be affordable.
Let’s examine each of these points in more detail. Organic food tastes like food should taste, you get depth of flavour and good texture from organic produce.
There is a trend to sell ‘wonky vegetables’ in the supermarkets. In reality, all fruit and veg should be wonky because like us food does not grow in a uniform shape
Government testing in 2015 identified that 43% of foods have a residue of pesticide within them and some have multiple residues. These residues also get into our water supply. Do you want to be contaminated in this way?
Now consider Newcastle University’s research into organic crops in 2014. This study found that organic crops offered 60% more key antioxidants and that organic milk and meat provided 50% more omega 3 than conventional supplies.
The recent Superfoods programme showed organic eggs do not have synthetic colours added to them to make the yolks look better. They are fed on a better diet and so their production of lutein is superior to other eggs. Lutein is a key ingredient in protecting our eyes; it protects the macula which controls our vision. Egg yolks are an effective source of lutein because it comes within its own fat source making it easier for the body to absorb.
Over recent years there have been many concerns over the quality of our soil and how the nutrient levels have been so depleted. Organic farming methods ensure sensible crop rotation, replenishing of the soil with good nutrients and the use of natural predators rather than chemicals. This is surely a far more sustainable approach.
The added benefit of organic farming is the support it offers our wildlife. Organic farms have up to 75% more plant species than conventional farms. This allows a greater diversity of wildlife to be supported.
For most of us given the choice we want the animals involved in our food production to lead a healthy and natural life. We don’t want to see animals caged, kept indoors, separated from their mothers at birth or fed routine medications such as antibiotics.
Organic farming allows animals to lead a natural life, to eat non GM food and not to be filled with medications and pesticides. This leads to a better result for the animals and ultimately for us when we consume the products they have created.
Cost is an issue that always raises its head when we talk organic produce. The gap between conventional produce and organic produce has closed considerably as people recognise the benefits. It is still true that organic can be more expensive but we ask you to take a wider view:
When you add up the effect on your health of eating food stuffed with preservatives, additives and chemicals, the depletion of our natural environment and the impact on the animals is it really so big a price?
Choosing organic is a lifestyle choice it is not simply about the food you eat, it is about the way you live your life. Most people start with one small change and as they reap the benefits they move on and finally, reach a point where their lives have become healthier and more sustainable.
We have spoken about food up to this point but making organic choices goes beyond food. In previous blogs on hair and skin care we have highlighted the value of non-chemical products. Whatever we put on our hair or skin ultimately is absorbed in to our body; do you really want lots of chemicals in your beauty products?
We hope we have given you food for thought and that you will consider making even some small changes because every action helps. Our world can be a better place and we can choose to be part of making it the best it can be.