Organic products - The why, what and how

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Lately we were watching some documentaries, we all know those interesting ones on Netflix when you ran out of movies and series to watch. And we found it is pretty informative.....but of course there are a lot of information that not all of us are so familiar with. 

Since organic and environmental is one of our shops focus points we wanted to share a bit more about why we have a lot of organic products and also why we try to be environmentally friendly in the fight of living our best lives.

So why is Organic food better than 'normal' food and why is it more expensive. 

 

The what and why

Organic farming is an agricultural method that aims to produce food using natural substances and processes. This means that organic farming tends to have a limited environmental impact as it encourages:

  • the responsible use of energy and natural resources;
  • the maintenance of biodiversity;
  • preservation of regional ecological balances;
  • enhancement of soil fertility;
  • maintenance of water quality.

Additionally, organic farming rules encourage a high standard of animal welfare and require farmers to meet the specific behavioural needs of animals.

European Union regulations on organic farming are designed to provide a clear structure for the production of organic goods across the whole of the EU. This is to satisfy consumer demand for trustworthy organic products whilst providing a fair marketplace for producers, distributors and marketers. (1*)

organic farming and the benefits

The Benefits of organic

How your food is grown or raised can have a major impact on your mental and emotional health as well as the environment. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives may find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.

Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as synthetic fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.

Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is sometimes (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms nearer to where it is sold.

Organic farming tends to be better for the environment. Organic farming practices may reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without synthetic pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.

Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Feeding livestock animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically-raised animals tend to be given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.

Organic meat and milk can be richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.

Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.

Taken from helpguide.org

Documentaries

One documentary on Netflix was Kiss the ground and I was really intrigued by this one since the practices shows how it is done vs how it should be done, not just on graphs and charts but actual people and, coming from a small farm background this is how it should be.

Another was with Zac Efron going to different places and finding out how to do things better, the great thing here is that there are people somewhere making changes and doing stuff better already and this of course should inspire us all to make better choices. So I am happy there is this type of documentaries out there.

This one is called Down to Earth and even though not everything they say or do (since none of them are scientists) is factually correct - it is still a fun experience to watch it.

If you have any other suggestions, please mention them in the comments! 

 

So what now (the HOW)? 

Well, it is entirely up to you, of course having non-organic foods is inevitable and unavoidable BUT when there is an option choose organic. It is slightly more effective but the benefits are good.

Local farming is becoming better and always choose something coming from closer than something that has travelled 100's of km - like eggs or milk - this supports your area, decreases the carbon footprint of your product and supports the small farmer. 

With non-organic products the studies is vast and plentiful that these causes cancers, damage to your central nervous system, fetal failures and more. You can go and read these over here or here which outlines the effects of pesticides and how it can cause different effects such as Parkinson's or ADHD in kids. 

Of course, the views expressed in this is my own and it is ultimately your decision what to eat and buy

Shelf life

We have been asked why some of our products have such short shelf life and the answer is simple, we like - no, love - organic products with ingredients we can pronounce and count on one hand. This also means we do not like preservatives and other codename words to be added to our products since this can be disturbing. By codename words I mean all sometimes manufacturers put words in the ingredients we don't know and we go - ah, it's in everything so it must be safe - but in reality these are sugars or preservatives or some kind of flavour enhancer.

Organic products and other products in our shop go off quicker since a lot of it contains no preservatives for making it last forever or no added chemicals to make it more low carb or higher sugar etc. and often we put items on Sale that has a shorter shelf life.....but we will mention it in the description and also on our social media.

Here is an infographic to show what I mean about hidden ingredients - so be careful out there! 

 bizarre ingredients hidden in your food labels
foodpackaginglabels.net

 

 

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