A few weeks ago we published a blog post about ‘understanding organic’. It gave some basic information about what organic means and the benefits of choosing to eat organic foods. But we’ve decided it’s time to delve a little deeper. When I started researching for this post I quickly became overwhelmed. There is so much information out there! Type the words ‘Organic, Pesticides and Health’ into Google and you’ll find yourself climbing down a rabbit hole of facts, articles and debates. I was shocked by what I discovered and over the next few months I want to share some of that information with you.
The facts are scary but we don’t want to scare you (promise, we don’t) we just want to inform you. We believe everyone has the right to make informed choices, especially when it comes to health and so we want to help you do just that. We’re going to break it all down for you, into simple and easy to understand bite size pieces; no scientific jargon here!
But today, I just wanted to start with a little bit of information about the major difference between organic and conventional foods which is the use of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified components. Oh sorry, I said no jargon. Ok, so basically the ‘normal’ fruit and veg you’ll find in supermarkets and fruit shops are sprayed with a whole bunch of nasty chemicals including:
Pesticides: used to kill any ‘pests’ including fungus, bacteria, weeds, snails and plant diseases.
Insecticides: a specific type of pesticide used to kill insects.
Herbicides: used to kill weeds.
Fungacides: used to kill fungus.
Organically grown foods are not sprayed with any of these. Organic farmers use things like: compost, seaweed, manure, netting, crop rotation and good old fashioned manual labour. Better for a whole bunch of reasons. And conventionally grown foods can also contain genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) which means the product has been altered in some way that does not occur naturally. This also includes the use of growth hormones.The reason conventional farming uses these chemicals and GMO’s is because it makes their production process faster, cheaper and easier. But that certainly doesn’t mean it’s ‘better’.
And I know what you’re probably thinking, because I used to think it too ‘I can just wash all of that off before I eat it and it’ll all be good right?’ and ‘there are rules and standards around that stuff to check it’s safe right?’ Hmm, it’s not really that simple. And so the questions begin….
I invite you to climb down the rabbit hole with me and see what answers we can find. We’d also really love to hear from you…what made you interested in organics? Or why have you have you made the switch to eating organic foods? We’d love you to share your story by leaving a comment below or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘til next time.