It's more expensive and it often looks just the same as conventional produce, so why should you invest in organic food?
There are many reasons why choosing organic is a good decision for your health, for animals and for the environment...
It reduces your exposure to poisonous pesticides
Choosing organic fruit and vegetables means that your food hasn't been routinely sprayed with numerous different pesticides. We have limited knowledge of the long term health impacts of these toxic chemicals which are designed to kill living organisms! It is understood that certain pesticides act as hormone disruptors and are potentially carcinogenic so clearly they are best avoided wherever possible. Washing alone isn't enough to rid your food of them...
It's more nutritious
Research has shown that organic food is naturally richer in essential nutrients. Non organic farming often uses synthetic fertilisers to fertilise soil so that it can be used over and over again, often for growing the same types of crops. This is known to lead to nutrient devoid soils. Organic farming is much more focussed on traditional farming methods - crop rotation and fertilising the soils naturally in order to maintain the health of the soil. More nutrients in the soil means more nutrients in our food.
It's MUCH kinder to animals
Organically farmed animals are genuinely free range and have to adhere to very high levels of animal welfare. Unlike most farm animals, organically raised animals aren't routinely fed antibiotics. It's believed that the routine use of antibiotics in farm animals could be a key contributor to the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance.
It's GM Free
The use of genetically modified products or organisms (GMOs) is not allowed in organic food. If you want to avoid genetically modified food, opting for organic is an effective way to do so.
It helps save the bees
Not only does eating non organic produce mean you're consuming unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals, it also has serious consequences for the environment and wild animals as well as farm animals. Non organic farming methods and certain pesticides are largely responsible for the dramatic decline in bee populations. Save the bees... choose organic.
One of the best things I have done for my diet in the last year is to start ordering a weekly organic veg box from Riverford. It means I eat seasonally, have a greater variety of veg in my diet and it supports the farm directly (not big supermarkets). I love it and you can really taste the difference...