What is Organic?
Definition: ORGANIC (of food/farming methods)
‘Produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals’
Organic fruit and vegetables are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. As they are grown in organic soils that contain a rich source of nutrients, they tend to have more nutritional value and superior taste. Organic fresh produce is not subject to irradiation and is not treated with harmful preservatives or other chemicals. Organic fruit and vegetables are not grown from genetically modified seed stock. Organic food is healthier for our bodies and our beautiful planet!!!
Latest research has shown that organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants and there is up to 50% more wildlife found on organic farms compared to conventional farms (Soil Association 2014).
In conventional commercial farming, there are 320 different pesticides that can be routinely used. This creates a huge disturbance in our soils’ health and surrounding water sources and wildlife biodiversity. Additionally, these synthetic compounds are often present in non-organic food, making their way into our bodies as foreign substances. We know that heavy metals such as cadmium are toxic and our bodies need to work very hard to cleanse and eliminate them from our system. No-one really knows the full extent of damage that a build-up of these toxins and traces of pesticides can do to us although lower exposure is widely considered desirable for health.
After all, if a snail wouldn’t eat it, why should we?!
Principle of Health
Healthy soil, plants, animals and humans = healthy planet
Principle of Ecology
Emulating and sustaining natural systems
Principle of Fairness
Equity, respect and justice for all living things
Principle of Care
For the generations to come
Organic vs Non-Organic
An excellent Newcastle University led study evaluating the nutritional differences of organic and non-organic crops has recently been published in the British Journal of Nutrition. It is the most extensive study up to date and is very informative.