Organic food, once seen as the preserve of specialist health shops, is very much a mainstream option now, with major retailers dedicating increasing amounts of shelf space to organic produce.
The number of purchasers of foods produced without the aid of artificial chemicals is growing each year, as more and more people become aware of the benefits that going organic brings.
Organic food – better for you
Foods that are organic have been grown in soils that have not been sprayed with chemical fertilisers and pesticides. When you eat food that has been chemically treated, these toxic chemicals enter your body cells and bloodstream.
Organic produce simply tastes better and more natural.
Fresh organic produce contains many more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Organic food – better for animals
Helping to create a more compassionate food market is another advantage of organic produce. If you eat animal foods, then buying organic means you can be sure the animal was properly cared for during its life, which in itself brings health benefits for the buyer.Organic farming promotes animal welfare in several ways, including:
Shorter transport times to slaughter.
Animals being fed proper grass and organic grains.
The freedom for animals to roam in their natural environment.
When animals are fed and treated naturally, then their meat is free from harmful toxins. Moreover, the absence of chemical spray on organic farms means that birds, insects and animals are more abundant on organic farms, as are rare plants and flowers.
Organic food – better for the environment
Most people simply do not understand the environmental degradation caused by non-organic farming. Nitrous oxide, found in large quantities in pesticides, is a greenhouse gas and contributes significantly to climate change, as do methane emissions from over-fed, factory-farmed animals.
Organic farmers add natural fertiliser to their plants rather than the artificial versions of nitrogen that run into – and pollute – our water supplies. Using natural, traditional forms of farming is much kinder to the earth. Organic methods help prevent soil erosion, and land cultivated in this way contains many more nutrients than intensively farmed terrain.
Go organic today
Certified organic produce is better for you, animals and the earth. Organic farming is not some sort of a new fad – in fact, before the 1940s it was the only type of farming that existed. Since then, allergies have increased, as have other health problems linked with the consumption of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.
One common objection is that organic produce is too expensive. Granted, organic food does cost slightly more than non-organic produce; however, the difference is not as great as is sometimes believed. And anyway, surely it’s worth paying that little bit more to help protect farm workers, animals, the earth and your family’s long-term health?