Why Eat Organic?
Here at Little Green Home we’re big advocates of switching to organic products, and not just those in your bathroom, but those in your kitchen as well. It can seem like choosing organic food over standard versions just simply adds pounds onto your food bill but it can also add a huge amount to your health! Furthermore, organic food also has less of an impact on the environment and encourages better animal welfare.
Organic farming uses fewer pesticides and instead use natural methods such as crop rotation. This is not only good for the environment but you can also rest assured that the food you’re eating will contain less chemicals from the pesticides used in conventional farming. GM crops and ingredients are forbidden in organic farming, along with hydrogenated fats and artificial pesticides, meaning you can feel confident that you’re only eating real, natural food when you eat organic.
Better animal husbandry is also a firm tenet of organic farming; organic standards require that animals be kept in optimum conditions, including having plenty of space and fresh air. Animals who are treated well and are able to live a free-range life are healthier and, therefore, do not need as many antibiotics or drugs. We definitely feel happier knowing that the meat and milk we feed our families comes from happy animals who weren’t over-treated with drugs and antibiotics.
All of these advantages to organic food doesn’t change the fact that it is still more expensive than normal produce, and whilst the more people who buy organic food in supermarkets the more affordable organic food will become, this doesn’t help when you’re trying to keep your household budget down. So if you don’t feel that you can fully make the switch to a totally organic shop, then check out our handy guide below to the top “dirty” foods that contain the most pesticide and chemical residue.
- Citrus fruits
- Sweet Potato
Conversely, these are the fruits and vegetables that absorb the least chemicals and may be an option to purchase the non-organic version.
- Star Fruit
- Kiwi Fruit
- Corn on the Cob
Local farmers markets can also be a great place to pick up organic fruit, veg and meat, with the added bonus that you’re supporting local farms and reducing the food miles of what you eat, further helping the environment. A simple google search should tell you when and where you local markets are.
*From the Pesticides Action Network “Pesticides on a Plate”