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The Organic Food Guide

Over the decades, organic food has become more prevalent.  However, the health claims that organic food offers, the GMO’s, the pesticides, the labels all can be confusing as you steer your way through the maze of statements and reports.

Organic Food Guide

The following is a guide that will help you navigate your way through the organic claims, helping you to better understand the labels, helping you to make better and more informed choices when it comes to buying organic food and your health.

What is organic food?

How food is grown or raised can have an influence on your health.  Therefore, what is the difference between organic and non-organic foods in terms of how they are raised or grown?

Organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilisers.  They must not be genetically modified and must be grown in safe and healthy soils.

Organic animals that are reared for food must have access to the outdoors in other words they must be free range.  They also must be reared as close to nature as possible. They may not be given growth hormones or animal by-products.

The benefits of organic food

  • Organic produce doesn’t contain any synthetic chemicals.  These chemicals are widely used in conventional or non-organic produce and the residues remain in the food you eat;
  • Organic produce is fresher.  This is because with organic food you eat with the season.  This means that you are not eating produce that has been stored for months and months;
  • Organic farming is better for the environment.  Organic farming generally tends to pollute less, conserve water, minimise soil erosion, increase soil fertility as well as using less energy.  Farming is also better for those living on the farm or in the surrounds as well as the nearby animals and small insects;
  • No antibiotics used.  Organically raised animals are not fed growth hormones, or fed animal by products.  In addition the animal is raised with respect and more humanely;
  • Organic food is GMO free.  

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