Yes switching to organic produce is going to cost you more money, but here are a few reasons why you should consider making the switch. Always try to go for locally sourced organic (non grain fed) meat, fruit and vegetables where possible in order to help increase the sustainability of local organic farmers.
Nutrient content- Fruit and vegetables grown decades ago had much higher vitamin and mineral content than those of today, this is all down to soil depletion. Modern intensive agricultural methods of today are stripping the amount of these nutrients in the soil. A new study has also found that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.
Non GMO- By switching to organic produce you are guaranteed that you aren’t consuming genetically modified organism (GMO) foods.
Better for your health- Organically grown produce has significantly lower amounts of chemicals, pesticides and preservatives than non organic produce. For example a non organic apple can be sprayed with 1 of 400 chemical pesticides commonly used in modern farming (and no washing the apple doesn’t help much!)
Better for the environment- Organic products are made without the use of synthetic fertilisers or artificial growth hormones, meaning they keep billions of kilos of chemicals out of the air, soil, oceans and eco system.
Antioxidants- Organic crops are found to be up to 60% higher in key antioxidants , which would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Antibiotics– Eating organic meat cuts out the antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones you consume from eating non organic meat. This is due to organic livestock standards prohibiting the use of antibiotics along with the use of synthetic growth hormones, for example rBGH.
Reduces the risk of cancer– The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 90% of fungicides, 60% of herbicides and 30% of insecticides potentially cancer-causing.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like help finding local organic produce in Bournemouth and surrounding areas.