why organic?

Is a question I get asked a lot.  I guess I would like to turn that question around and ask....why not organic?  To me organic means working with nature to protect natural resources and create high levels of animal welfare resulting in increased wildlife populations, lower greenhouse gases, no artificial colours or preservatives and food with much higher nutritional quality.  What’s not to love?  Not convinced?  Maybe these facts will change your mind....

 

"almost 300 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and are often present in non-organic food"

Government testing in 2015 found pesticide residues in 43% of British food, and many of these contain more than one pesticide. For example, 87% of pears and 79% of grapes contained traces of multiple pesticides.  The best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides in all food is to buy organic.  Organic farmers are permitted to use just 20 pesticides

source: www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/whyorganic/know-whats-in-your-food/reduce-your-exposure-to-pesticides/

 

"no food has higher levels of vitamins and minerals than organic"

A new study, released in the British Journal of Nutrition, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products

source: www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/whyorganic/its-nutritionally-different/

 

"there are four types of egg farming methods....know what you eat"

0 = Organic

Living Space: Six birds per metre squared open for eight hours per day

Outdoor Space:  Organic land.  2,000 birds per hectare*

Diet: Organic and pesticide free.  No use of hormones or antibiotics

Care: Routine beak trimming is not permitted.  Maximum flock size of 3,000*

1 = Free Range

Living Space: Nine birds per metre squared open for eight hours per day*

Outdoor Space: 2,500 per hectare (or 2,000*)

Diet: Typical chicken feed with access to a run with mainly vegetation

Care: Beak trimming is common practice.  Maximum flock size of 16,000

2 = Barn

Living Space: Nine birds per meter squared and are allowed to 'roam' with natural behaviour

Outdoor Space: None

Diet: Typical chicken feed

Care: Beak trimming is common practice.  Maximum flock size of 6,000*

3 = Cage

Living Space: 40-80 birds per cage.  Minimum of three quarters of a meter squared per bird

Outdoor Space: None

Diet: Grain based fortified

Care: Beak trimming is common practice

* lion mark requirement

source: www.egginfo.co.uk/egg-facts-and-figures/production/

 

When I launched the Bakery Cakery subscription boxes in 2016, although I avoided preservatives, my cakes weren’t 100% organic as the recipes were based on those used by my mum and grandma when I was younger.  live. organic is one of the three Bakery Cakery. core values and throughout 2017 I have worked on converting all of our recipes to use 100% organic ingredients with support of some amazing suppliers.  My next step in organic for 2018 is to become certified by the soil association

why organic?

Shockingly, organic represents ONLY 1.5% of the British food and drink market.  If you want to find out more about organic take a look at the soil association and join us over on twitter for #organichour every Wednesday 20:00-21:00

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