Organic Month

We would like to welcome another Organic Month at The Daily Bread as we enter into September. Many of us took part in last year’s celebration of all things organic, but are we doing enough to understand what “going organic” actually means, to both us and the world we live in?

It may be a fair comment to make that quite a few of us have now accepted the presence of the Organic Shelf in the supermarket. When it was first introduced into mainstream shops in larger quantities (in the late 1990s/early 2000s), we may have initially been rather curious, some may have picked up a few items to inspect for any physical difference, maybe even converted to organic living after careful thinking or perhaps just walked past disappointed with the price and considering it only to be an option for those with high income and disposable cash to burn. Nowadays the organic area is expected to be part of the shop shelves, along with gluten free and dairy free products, but promotion is low key in comparison.

So, Organic Month is a chance to sing about products produced within really worthwhile standards by dedicated producers, a reminder to stop and look at the organic aisle again and a rather good way to educate us all about what buying organic actually means.

Organic produce has really spent the past few years in the shadows of the vegan and wheat free marketing strategies out there, with the move towards sustainable living, managing food intolerances and animal welfare. But hang on, isn’t buying organic produce following some of the same values? If we are busy beavering away with our reasons behind following plant-based diets, shouldn’t we be celebrating all things organic too?

How about a couple of moments to give Organic Living a few thoughts? Here are some facts to start you off:

• 43% of British food tested by the Government in 2015, was found to contain pesticide residue.
• It is thought that 98% of pesticide use would drop in England and Wales if all farming was organic.

Wildlife and Our Environment
• Our wildlife would increase by 50% on farms when switched to Organic Farming methods (bees, birds and butterflies in particular would benefit).
• Our soil to grow crops would become far richer in nutrients when farming follows organic regulations.
• All animals are free range and reared without the routine use of drugs, anti-biotics and wormers.
• Our need to import millions of tonnes of GM crops to feed non-organic animals would be eliminated and have less impact on our environment with food miles.

Our Health
• It is reported that organic fruit and vegetables have 68% more anti-oxidant levels than non-organic.
• Organic Milk contains up to 56% more heart healthy omega-3 than conventional milk. This is just one example of the nutritional benefits organic produce have over conventional ones
• The animals and animal products we consume would not be produced by cattle fed on GM crops.

One of the main reported reasons as to why many of us haven’t, can’t or won’t convert to full organic living is the cost. Unfortunately, producing any organic item requires higher out goings currently and this is evident in price tags. However, there are ways to compromise with this if your bank balance really can’t stretch to full organic living.

• Buy items such as bread, pasta, pulses, rice milk and butter that are organic, these tend to be costs that are only marginally higher, make a big impact on your health and less impact on your purse.
• Shop locally from organic producers directly if you can, this can even be cheaper than going to the supermarket for conventional food.
• Make one change each week, just for a week. It all helps towards supporting Organic Producers and the world we live in.
• Buy organic beauty products when they are half price or on offer. Finding products free of parabens, MIs, Propandedol or other irritants is surely the way to go?

Sadly, even if there are conventional products in the shops that are much cheaper, it is really not a true reflection of the high cost of how that product was created; contaminated water, anti-biotic resistance in humans and a depleted environment cannot be measured in monetary values and is unfortunately not something considered by many as they skip to the till with their “bargain”.

Shop clever in Organic Month this year, take note of the organic aisles again and see if you can make some changes for life.

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