Organic is a word we hear more and more these days, but with the hype aside there are many worthwhile reasons to convert from conventional produce to organic:
Animals raised on organic farms are treated humanely – there is no over-crowding, force feeding or pumping them full of anti-biotics and hormones. Allowed to range freely on the land they have access to clean water, shade and shelter; are only fed certified organic feed that is natural to their diet and are managed so that their activities are sustainable to the natural eco-system. The slaughter of organic farm animals is also done so in a way to minimise the animals suffering and stress.
Organic farming aims to protect our environment and support biodiversity. This is achieved by the avoidance of agricultural practices that create unnecessary pollution (such as the use of synthetic pesticides) and giving back to the land by improving the fertility of the soils through crop rotation and land regeneration.
Native habitats, flora and fauna are all encouraged resulting in increased numbers of birds, insects and plants on organic farms.
Our water ways benefit from these types of farming practices due to a reduction in chemical residues and runoffs resulting in cleaner drinking water and habitats for our marine life.
Our air is fresher! Agricultural fertiliser and crop residue emissions contribute heavily towards greenhouse gas emissions. Nitrogen fertilisers in particular are prohibited in organic farming which helps to lower these emissions.
Organically farmed land is also more drought-resistant.
Protect our Children
Before our babies are even born they have been exposed to more than 200 potentially hazardous chemicals. These day’s chemicals such as herbicides, insecticides and pesticides are in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. If we ingest chemicals that the body doesn’t know what to do with it is stored in our body fat. During pregnancy these chemicals can be released into the bloodstream and pass through the placenta straight to your baby, affecting foetal and cognitive development. Pesticide exposure can affect hormonal development in pre-pubescent children leading to early onset of puberty for females and low sperm count in males. Chemical exposure at critical times of a child’s development can have severe long-term health consequences.
Organic produce contains approximately ⅓ more antioxidants and 25% more nutrients than non-organic produce!Tweet This.
Considering most of us are deficient in important nutrients such as magnesium and zinc, these numbers matter! As well as providing us with more nutrients, organic produce also delivers significantly less food additives (if any at all). Food additives are linked with child behavioural issues, learning difficulties and food intolerances.
There are so many options for sourcing organic produce these days – markets, organic grocery stores, online and even the two big supermarkets stock a limited selection of organic goodies. Just remember that anyone can call their product organic, but for peace of mind that it meets all of the above criteria look out for the following certified logos:
Yours in health,