How we farm our food directly impacts the quality of food that we eat. 

Organic fruit & vegetables have more antioxidants (up to 60% more), less pesticide and nitrogen residue than non organic**. Meaning you need to eat more than double of conventional produce to get the same nutrients. 

In addition to this, organic produce is more sustainable and better for our health and that of the environment.

Did you know that Organic farms have around 50% more bees, butterflies & other pollinators?

What does Organic Really Mean?

Organic refers to how farmers grow and produce our food. It is a legally regulated term which means that growers and producers need to adhere to the highest quality standards, which are enforced.

These include:

Fewer pesticides

Instead of relying on high-strength pesticides to get rid of pests, organic farmers work to encourage biodiversity of insects and other plants to manage their crops.  

Why should you care? 

Super strength pesticides kill all insects they come into contact with, even the ones we need, like bees.

They can contaminate the soil and water supply, and are toxic to other beneficial plants, birds, fish and – of course – humans.

Roundup (or Glyphosate) is one of the most commonly used insecticides in the UK. It has been classed as a ‘probable human carcinogen’. Another widely used fertilizer – cadmium – is a highly toxic heavy metal. Research shows that organic produce is 48% less likely to test positive for cadmium. In other words – that “conventional” spinach is 48% more likely to be toxic. Eek.  *** 

No synthetic fertilizers

The focus for organic farmers is to build soil health naturally by using natural compost and by rotating their crops to keep the soil healthy. Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers (often created by burning fossil fuels) allow perpetual planting of the same crop, depleting the soil over time, contaminating the water table leading to health risk for humans, creating ocean dead zones and contribute to greenhouse gasses.

Why should you care? 

It is estimated that we only have 60 years left of farmable soil. 60 years!

Soil health is critical to all our food, and synthetic fertilizers deplete our soil as well as damaging the environment, exposing us to toxic chemicals and contributing to the climate crisis.

Higher animal welfare

Organic farming has the highest animal welfare standards, with a ban on the routine use of antibiotics in animals.

Why should you care?

Whether you eat meat or not, it is shocking that an estimated 91m animals are factory farmed in the UK with no access to sunlight*. 

In addition to this, 30% of antibiotic use in the UK is on farm animals. This may accelerate the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Choosing organic can help to reduce your exposure to unnecessary antibiotics and protect their efficacy for when you need them.

Still not convinced?

The need to change our food system has never been so important. The focus on high yield farming has trapped us in a system that is damaging the environment, our own health, and threatening the food security of future generations.

Some challenge organic farming for being expensive, saying that it can’t compete with non-organic yields to feed a growing population. But consider this –

  • One third of the food produced globally is wasted each year.
  • A quarter of the global water supply is used to grow food that is wasted.
  • There are only 60 years of farmable soil left.

I think we can all agree that something needs to change for our heath and our planet. Supporting a system that works with nature, nourishes the soil, reduced environmental pollution, promotes biodiversity AND produces more nutritious produce, is one way of making a change.

The biggest impact we can make is by voting with our wallets, and showing big food that we demand better. 

98% of the ingredients we use are Organic – the 2% is still work in progress. Our go to products with 100% organic ingredients are: 

Blueberry Pie + Strawberry & Raspberry Oatshakes 
Beauty, Greens & Green Salt Sprinkles 
Strawberry & Banana Protein Plantshake 

Source: Compassion in world Farming 2020 

** Newcastle University 

*** The British Journal of Nutrition 

****Soil Association 

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