Our Top 10 reasons:
1. Tastes better. Like food used to taste.
2. No harmful pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides.
3. Better for the environment & wildlife
4. High standards of animal welfare
5. Animals are not routinely fed on antibiotics
6. No genetic manipulation
7. No chemical fertilizers
8. Only organic farming can be sustainable farming
9. Higher level of nutrients
10. Creates more employment so better for local economy.
Organic food is pure & natural food without the harmful pesticides. We all know that not that long ago all food was organic. With ‘modern’ industrialized farming, increased production is the aim, with little concern for real food quality, the environment or wildlife. Supermarkets were constantly being reported for having fresh produce on their shelves with pesticide levels above the legal limits. Who decides what dose of pesticides are safe anyway? The Food Standards Agency? Were any supermarkets fined or prosecuted?
It is strange now, that we can’t just call organic food ‘food’ and non organic food ‘chemical food’. Yes, everything is made of chemicals, but with reference to food, it is assumed that chemicals are referred to as a probable harmful ingredient to what was once a natural pure product.
Pesticides, such as Glyphosate (Round-up) was classed in 2015 as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organisation. California went one step further and products containing the herbicide, have to be labeled as such, stating that glyphosate cause cancer. Glyphosate is most commonly used on Genetically Modified crops as it kills everything except the modified plant. Conventional farmers use it, even in Scotland to kill grain crops to make it easier for harvesting and to make planting of the following crop quicker and easier. In 2015, samples of UK bread showed 30% of them had traces of glyphosate. Traces of pesticides are commonly found in human breast milk and urine. An experiment with a Scandinavian family showed that after converting to an organic diet, all traces of pesticides from bodily fluids disappeared.
No one really knows if or how dangerous these low levels of pesticides are, but with cancer rates set to rise from one in three of us getting cancer to one in two, why risk it?
It has at least, now, been confirmed by the Newcastle University that organic food is in fact better for us as it is more nutritious with more minerals.
Only produce that are certified can be called organic. All our produce is certified organic and we are tested and inspected for this. Inspections take up to 2 days every year and involve very accurate record keeping. If a product or box scheme implies that it is organic, but doesn’t have current certification details it is probably not organic and that is fraud!
People sometimes ask, ‘how can you prove that something is organic, especially if it is from another country’. Other countries have the same rigorous controls that we have. Fresh produce is also tested at random for chemicals on and within the product. Pesticides can’t just be washed off they are within the vegetables or fruit and any traces are easily detected.