My View | Organic Food
I try to eat as much organic food as possible. Organic food is food which has not been treated with questionable chemicals including pesticides and artificial fertilisers. They are never genetically modified. Crops are rotated to create fertile soil and allow natural pest control. Organic farm animals truly are free range and wildlife is encouraged.
Not only is it surely better for our health, but it is much better for the environment. I also believe most organic food tastes better. The organic fruit and vegetables we receive from Abel and Cole really do taste amazing. The apples, for example, taste incredible. They are far tastier than regular store bought apples. When we make a roast with organic veg we also think it tastes so much better, the potatoes in particular!
I find it so bizarre that organic food is seen as alternative food by some people today. I've certainly found I've been questioned as to why I want to eat mainly organic. I've even been asked if I'm turning into a hippy! Surely it's more logical to question why we want to eat foods treated with harmful chemicals and why this is seen as the norm? Eating non organic foods should be strange, not the other way around. Organic food is exactly that; it is food, real food. Food in its natural state. Food we should all be eating. It's such a shame we now class chemically contaminated food as 'normal food'.
But it's expensive. This is what most people first think when they consider choosing organic. We did too, but then we decided to cut out a lot of the rubbish food we were buying and instead invest this money into better quality food and therefore invest also in our health. Instead of spending £20 on a takeaway once a week, which we would previously do without question, we now spend it on more local organic produce.
There is a list of 12 foods, however, known as the 'dirty dozen' which contain the highest amount of pesticides in tests. So if you can, try to buy at least these items organically as much as possible. It's not always possible and we have to buy non organic sometimes. We try our best though as pesticides in food have been linked to cancer, brain and nervous system toxicity and hormone disruption; scary stuff. The dirty dozen are:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas (imported)
It still is better to eat lots of fruit and veg, even if not organic, rather than processed foods. Fruits and vegetables contain lots of vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The benefits of these nutrients will always outweigh the negatives, just wash them really well!
It's reassuring to recently read sales of organic food rose by 4% last year in the UK. This is so impressive (as overall food spending was down), and better for our health as well as our environment. Hopefully more people will buy organic foods making organic the norm and start stopping the use of questionable chemicals on our food.