When it comes to food the term organic stands for food produced with more quality, more care and more attention to the rhythm of nature
This is the eternal dilemma assailing us when we shop: standing in front of one pack of conventional tomatoes and one of organic ones, what’s the right choice? Listening to our wallet, the right choice is the former: non-organic tomatoes are less expensive, meaning a bargain for us Yes, but at what cost? The products of extensive agriculture and livestock farming are often the result of chemical treatments, with a rate of growth unsustainable in nature, in order to guarantee high volume production. In contrast organic products must respect precise standards (natural fertilisers, natural rhythms…), which often lead to lower yields, but give foods which are healthier and safer. Here is why buying organic products is a better choice, both for the environment and for our health.
Organic is better: Food derived from organic agriculture is richer both in taste and in nutrients: being grown according to sustainable procedures that follow the natural rhythms, they contain more of the enzymes, minerals and vitamins which are good for our body. Organic foods often have a different taste, richer and closer to nature.
Organic is more ethical: Buying organic means supporting small-scale agriculture, often from local producers, with a much lower environmental impact. In addition land which is in organic rotation is respected and receives periods of rest when it is able to recover and to maintain its precious and fertility and biodiversity.
Organic is healthier: When you choose organic products, you are choosing to protect your health. Besides opting for products not derived from chemical-related productions, organic livestock farmers say “no” to the use of hormones, antibiotics and chemicals regularly given to intensively-reared animals to in order increase production of eggs, meat and milk. In this way highly toxic and harmful substances can end up in our plates, increasing allergies, intolerance and food-poisoning. And if you wish to avoid eating GMOs buying organic is the best way of excluding them from the table.
Organic is more sustainable: organic agriculture is respectful of the land and the eco-system. Excessive use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and chemical herbicides can poison the land and make it infertile. To grow food in harmony with nature will help the survival of the native flora and fauna: frogs, birds, insects and all the local species can return to their original habitat to thrive and contribute to the ecosystem in a healthy and natural way.