There's a lot of hype over the term "organic" at the moment. Labels everywhere are advertising organic this and organic that; from what you eat, to what you wear. But what exactly does it mean?
With it being the first day of Organic September, we decided to shed some light on the matter and unearth a few facts about going organic.
Organic goods refers to produce that has been cultivated without the use of harsh, synthethic substances; such as, pesticides, fertilisers and GMOs. It commonly refers to farming practices, but when taken literally to mean chemical and additive free, it can be applied to the production of just about anything. Hence, why we are seeing "organic" on everything from baby's toys to cosmetics.
If it's organic, then it also inevitably means that it's more expensive, so is this just another fad for people who like to buy into the latest health trends, or is there real substance behind the organic labelling.
Produce that has been loaded with heavy chemicals in the production process doesn't just suddenly lose all that when it comes to be on your plate, even if you did rinse it prior to cooking! Nope. They are all ingested along with everything else and these heavy metals and toxins can slowly build up in the body. This is the main reason why people are increasingly turning to organic, especially when it comes to feeding young bodies. If you have the choice, why wouldn't you?
Having not been bombarded with a noxious cocktail of lab concoctions, organic fruit and veg funnily enough is more nutrient dense. Who would have thought it? That means you are actually getting what you are paying for; healthy, nutritious fruit and veg, as opposed to replica fakes that don't deliver the goods.
Added to the fact that organic produce contains more nutrients, it also tastes better for the obvious reason that is more in line with how nature intended it to be. We really should have learnt by now that nature's got this and leave it well alone. At least there are plenty of right thinking, ethically driven farmers out there who are dedicated to producing quality organic produce. Just make sure you know the difference, and you will certainly taste the difference.
Benefit the environment
Our environment needs our support and the best way we can do this is through our consumer choices. Where our money goes is where the corporate awareness goes, so no matter how much you talk a good spiel, to be part of real change you need to put your money where your mouth is.
You may well be aware of the bid to protect the bee population, which has decreased dramatically within the same time-frame that intensive farming has increased. Deduce from that what you like, but pesticides are not a friend of the bees. By supporting organic farming practices, you are by extension supporting one of our lifelines as a species on this planet, the honey bee.
Support local produce
There's no better feeling than enjoying locally supplied produce, which you can trust. The unfortunate upshot of intensive farming and mass production is that farmers as a whole get a bad rap. This isn't fair. There are plenty of farmers who care a great deal about their livestock and about the quality of their produce. Farmers perform a vital role in our society and one that should be highly respected, so try to support local and trusted producers. Yes, you may need to rethink your shopping habits and make changes to your routine, but once you're committed it's a win win for everyone!