Updated: Jan 15, 2020
It's Organic September! So what better way to celebrate this month than to mention the farmers who work tirelessly to provide us with yummy organic goodies and explain a little bit of what goes into your produce.
Organic Farming, also known as 'ecological' and 'biological' agriculture, is aimed at producing high quality food while minimising environmental impact and enhancing animal welfare. I mean what more could you ask for?!
There are a number of terms used to describe food that has been produced in a 'traditional' or 'environmentally friendly' way. However the description 'organic' is the only one which is subject to European Regulation and national regulation.
Organic farmers and the makers of organic foods are not the only people to follow environmentally friendly principles. But organic production is the only independently audited and legally recognised to deliver across-the-board benefits to biodiversity, water, soils, climate change and animal welfare.
How do I know the organic food is genuine?
All organic foods must display a label and a certification code issued by the Organic Certification Body. You can also ask whomever is in charge of the establishment for the organic certificate of the producer and or the processor. You may only get the certificate from the final processor however that only confirms that each stage of the organic process is certified and that each step has been thoroughly audited.
Organic Food is All Natural Baby
If you want to know what is in the food you eat, the organic standards are very specific about what is permitted to be used in the growing and processing of organic food.
No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
No artificial fertilisers
No Cloned or artificial genetic breeding
No artificial additives
No hydrogenated fats
You can see now why organic produce commands a price premium over conventionally produced food. It is not only better for you the consumer but better for the animals, the soil, the farmers and the environment.
Know Your Farmer Know Your food.
Get to know your local farmers, ask the shops you frequent which farm they get their produce from. Ask when it arrived, how often they get deliveries and if they are certified organic. It is your right to know what you are buying is the genuine article and any shop owner will be happy to inform you of the source and will be proud of their organic produce.