Organic

Organic: Food as it should be

Have you heard that this month has been crowned Organic September? With 82% of Brits buying organic produce it seems likely some of you will have… But, 82% isn’t everybody, and that’s something that needs the Soil Association want to change.

I will admit to only have begun looking in to the benefits of organic food recently. Before that I was very much of the thinking that it couldn’t be that much different, and wasn’t it SO much more expensive too? Well the truth is, no – on both accounts. Surprisingly organic food is often cheaper, a 40p saving can be made on organic Clipper tea bags compared to a similar non-organic alterative in fact! So no longer is that a valid reason to look to avoid organic produce.

Organic food truly is food as it should be. Avoiding large amounts of chemicals and pesticides, not only is it better for you but it lasts much longer too – leading to less wastage and less “nipping to the shops”.

It’s not only fruit and vegetables that can be organic, it is everyday items like milk, tea, cereal, pasta, and meats too.  Something, I have discovered, is surprising to people!

Clare McDermott from the association recently supported the idea of just making small changes too, nobody expects anybody to go from 0 to 100% organic overnight but little by little it’s an easy target to reach. In fact, by switching to just one organic item you are still contributing to improving our food system and increasing the demand for organic farms and farming. A win, win no?

Swapping to organic needn’t be difficult, and with so many good reasons to change – what’s holding you back? We all look after our bodies on the outside, but we need to ensure we protect them on the inside too! Organic food offers:

Fewer Pesticides: Almost 300 pesticides can routinely be used in non-organic farming. Many of these remain in the food we eat, despite washing and cooking.

No artificial colours & preservatives: Hydrogenate fats and controversial artificial food and colours and preservatives are all banned by organic

Always free range: Organic means the very highest animals welfare as standard

No routine use of antibiotics: Organic means happier, healthier animals raised without the need for routine use of antibiotics

If you’re looking to make the change to organic, take a look at the events happening across the UK this month here. It’ll certainly be worth attending to discover the benefits of organic food – it was definitely something that shocked me!

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