From food to fashion, the term 'organic' is used a lot in Australian society. Eating organically certified foods seems to be growing more popular. But what does it really mean and should we be switching from regular to organic?
We've all seen the word 'organic' featured on certain products across supermarkets. Vegetables, milk products and meat are all sold with organic options. Although many people know the benefits of organic foods, many Australian families are trying to live economically and sometimes this means taking more notice of price tags than of ingredients.
According to Biological Farmers Australia, the benefits of buying organic food products make the slight price difference worth it. Not only are you helping your body, but 'going organic' means you're also supporting animal welfare and the environment.
Check out these amazing advantages to integrating organic foods into your family's lifestyle:
Food Health Benefits:
Artificial or synthetic chemicals, flavours, colours or preservatives are prohibited in organic food. These chemicals are often associated with allergic reactions, headaches and child hyperactivity. Selecting organic fruits and vegetables also means that you are minimising your exposure to pesticides.
The Australian Organic Standard is one of the few food standards which considers the welfare of every animal involved in food production. Many people buy organic meat and animal products because they are aware that the animals involved have been raised under stringent protection regulations. Certified Organic does not allow cattle feed lots or battery farming, and all animals are raised on food containing no hormones, antibiotics or synthetic chemicals.
Organic farmers use sustainable farming methods which imitate natural ecological processes and does not require pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. Organic land also focuses on building healthier soil which stores carbon. This means that the more carbon there is in our soil, the less there is released into our atmosphere.
There are no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in any ingredients associated with organic foods. GMO's have been found to cause antibiotic resistance and increased food toxicity.
Several celebrities of the culinary world have been choosing organic products for years and are proud to promote their choice to the Australian public. Celebrity Chef, Toby Puttock, recognises the benefits of using organic food in the kitchen. "Buying organic and locally supports you local community and reduces your carbon foot print," says Puttock. Australian cook book writer, Kylie Kwong also stated that she only offers fresh, organic ingredients for her friends, family and customers.