Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Why Organic?

OK so now a days we are lucky enough to say that now a days we can pretty much import in any food we like. For example we can get strawberries anytime of the year now where as in the past this was not a luxury we had. Recently we are seeing a big rise in the purchasing of Organic foods… it is cool to be Organic! This is the message we are presented with in this current Eco Friendly Society. So my friends why Organic?

The following definition of "organic" was passed by the NOSB at its April 1995 meeting in Orlando, FL.

"Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony."

Studies show that on average organic food contains more vitamins and minerals than non-organic produce the reason for this that plants are grown in a naturally nutrient-rich soil. Other non-organic methods include chemicals which may speed up growth rates which can change the structure of a plant which results in the plant absorbing more water which means fewer nutrients for us to consume.

So although Organic produce can sometimes be a little pricier in fact you get more of your chosen product for the money you buy and not water absorbent products.

When it comes to organic meats as humans we need Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) as a part of a healthy balanced diet. Organic meat and milk have been shown to have higher levels of essential fatty acids. This is because organic animals eat a natural grass-based diet as opposed to non organic animals that can eat a lot of processed feeds to help them put on weight! At the end of the day I would rather eat produce that has eaten healthy produce if you see what I mean!

On a recent poll over 86% of us stated we don’t want pesticides on our food. Yet Government tests often show that up to a third of our non-organic food contains these nasty pesticides, so it makes me wonder why this is? If so many people want to eat healthy why isn't more done to put this into action?

Even food that we think is healthy, such as non-organic apples, can be sprayed 16 times this is leading to real health concerns about the links with pesticides and cancers, this can affect male fertility, foetal abnormalities and chronic fatigue syndrome to name but a few.

Some E numbers and other additives have been found damage health I was lucky as being allergic to E numbers (they used to make me scatty when I was a child) I hardly touched them and still wont to this day. Luckily they have been banned under Organic standards which is re-assuring.

Basically organic food banishes all the rubbish that some foods contain so if you want my advice to keep your body pure and healthy go Organic!!!

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