Organic your September
Crisp orange and red leaves, pumpkin pies and PSL’s, apple and blackberry tarts, cold evenings curled up with a pot of tea… just a few things to look forward to this Autumn.
BUT our favourite thing about the start of the Autumn season is that it’s Organic September this month! Organic September is the UK’s biggest campaign raising awareness of organic producers, farmers and brands. We will be featuring the campaign throughout the month and today we would like to kick things off by listing our 5 reasons to switch to organic:
1. SUSTAINABLE - Organic farming practices reduce contamination from chemicals that often over flow into land through non organic farming (which is damaging the environment, animals as well as our health). By purchasing organic you are making a commitment to respect the earth and the planet. Organic farming gives the soil a renewed life providing homes for wildlife. The soil association certification ensure that organic farmers follow guidelines which ensure the highest quality environmental standards.
2. LOWERED EXPOSURE TO PESTICIDES - We believe that it is unnatural to eat food riddled with pesticides and herbicides. Organic food is natural, grown and farmed in the way that at one time was ‘normal’. Organic food including cotton is allowed to grow in a way where the soil is healthy. Organic farming also avoids toxic agrochemicals which farm workers are often exposed to on conventional farms.
3. BETTER QUALITY - You really can taste the difference! The flavours are stronger and cleaner. Even the appearance of organic vegetables and fruits look more vibrant! A recent study conducted by Newcastle University concluded that organic food is higher in antioxidants and reduces exposure to toxic heavy metals. We urge you to go and buy a pack of organic carrots and really see the difference in taste.
4. ORGANIC CAN BE AFFORDABLE - A great deal of people are reluctant to make switches to organic food as they believe it will be too expensive. As we’ve been shopping organic for some time we can tell you confidently that this is not the case. Supermarkets such as Lidl, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsburys carry their own branded items that are often only a fraction higher of the price or the same as non organic items. Asda even has a separate organic produce section in a lot of their stores. The more we support organic farming the more the price of things will drop! Another way of shopping organically (as well as locally and sustainably) is going to your local farmers market - we love the Uplands market in Swansea that has a brilliant organic vegetable stall. Or signing up to a local veg box scheme that delivers straight to your door.
5. KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS IN YOUR FOOD - Inspection and official organic certification ensures that that there are no artificial food colourings, genetically modified ingredients (a worry particularly in America) in organic food. Look for the Soil Association logo or for those in America the USDA Organic symbol.