Why Go Organic?

Organic September might be coming to an end but it is never too late to join it… after all the changes we should be making are supposed to be for life not just for the month.

Last month I shared with you a post about #organicbeauty and a campaign for clarity organized by The Soil Association, this month however I would love to talk about food.

Why Go Organic?

Food must be the first thing which comes to mind when we think organic, but why should we buy it?

Well, organic food can have huge positive benefits for us as consumers, for general animal welfare and most importantly for the environment. Some people say: “Oh, but I simply can’t afford to be buying organic”. Excuse me, but that is just a lot of poppycock. In general as a nation we buy so much mass produced food, we spend thousands upon thousands of pounds on unhealthy, chemically enhanced food products and we can always somehow find the money for it… but I offer this point of view; wouldn’t it be easier and better to shop less but buy higher quality products? Wouldn’t it be better to take care of our health, our future and actually have a care about what we put on our plates? Wouldn’t it be better to go organic?

Yes, it would but… most people don’t really think about it.

Most of us don’t bother to wonder why one product can cost 50p and its organic “brother” £2 or £2.50… there is a reason for it!

Have you ever stopped and wondered what is actually inside your 50p favourite product?

Stop, think about it and read the limited packaging information… you would be amazed what your cheap and cheerful food contains! (Try by checking out a can of soup some of which are 97% water)

In the long term going organic will pay off, I am sure of it. Feeding yourself and your family with good quality, real food will pay off in the future… better wellbeing, better health; it all counts and it all matters.

According to The Soil Association for food to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must come from organically produced plants and animals. All organic food must display the code number and prefix of the body that certified it, as well as the EU’s organic logo.

I don’t know how about you but we rather eat less of a good quality food product, then stuff ourselves with cheap and cheerful products. If the family budget is tight then you can always go part ways to converting to organic. How about the big family meal together, the traditional Sunday roast, it’s a minor special occasion and justifies the additional expense as a treat.

Organic products taste so much better, you can really tell the difference even if it is only a simple cup of tea, savoury snack or a chocolate treat these foods taste like a real food!

So tell me, are you a pro organic or it really doesn’t make any difference to you where your food comes from?

16 thoughts on “Why Go Organic?

  1. I like the idea of organic – but nothing added also means no added vitamins or minerals ie iron in the organic baby food. I learnt that when weaning Pickle. Kaz x

  2. I am not sure I have a view either way. We are a one income family so I shop for our budget. I don’t eat processed foods though so definitely against that side of things. x

  3. It is true that there is a difference between organic and mass produced food but when you are a graduate like me who has not got enough money due to university debt it can be difficult. However as a vegetarian most of my food is healthy.

  4. I’m an occasional organic eater, but usually just if that’s what’s there, rather than deliberate choice. To be honest, I can’t taste the difference. I do think there are some circumstances where more naturally produced things are better, but at the same time I think the organic thing can be a bit gimmicky, & the hysteria over ‘chemicals’ is often very overplayed, to the extent that people are scared of natural and totally harmless chemicals. So I’m not against organic produce, but not a huge advocate either.

  5. Why don’t the non-organic supporters simply subsist on pills? Some of their arguments against organic would make that the obvious objective. Nowadays the appliance which used to last twenty years lasts two or three (if you’re lucky) and while it may cost half what the others used to, where is the real economy in that? The same applies to the real nutritional value, and absence of harmful substances, which applies to true organic food.

  6. I’m married to a beef farmer (who’s also farmed pigs, dairy, chicken and sheep in the past) and we don’t eat organic. Yes, we eat local meat, usually off the farm, or the local butcher (apart from chicken which is either butchers or supermarket), and will try and eat British for fruit and meat where we have to go to the supermarket. However, organic no. Because if you’re buying British you’re subscribing to better standards of care that are followed vs in Europe where they’re not always followed.

    My MIL does buy organic milk, but I have to say I can’t taste a difference, and even with chicken – spending £8 for 4 organic free rangebreasts vs £4.00 for 3-4 supermarket mid range OL, I still can’t tell the difference.

    I think it’s very hard to have a totally organic farm, unless you’re also surrounded by organic farms, and if farmers don’t eat organic (I don’t think any of our farming friends do), then it would suggest that really it’s not going to make that much difference. I also think, we’ll end up running out of food, because organic just won’t and can’t cope with the increase in population across the world let alone the UK.

    So yes, eat local, eat British (or wherever’s local) when you can, but organic isn’t necessary (although there’s supposedly some produce that makes more sense to eat organic than others)

  7. Great post! I’m pro organic. But I’m a massive advocate of eating in season. and if you want your face fruit/veg all year, buy a load and freeze it. We’ve also got to move away from shrink wrapping erbrything and only selling perfect f/v too! Oh I could go on all day lol X

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