"A cauliflower is a cabbage with a college education" (Mark Twain)
Organic Food Means Clean Food
Organic food has been grown naturally and is therefore free of many 'additives' found in non-organic products. These additives include pesticide, insecticide and herbicide residues in grains and vegetables; and drug, antibiotic and medicine residues in meat and dairy products.
More information on pesticides in food can be found on the Pesticides Action Network website www.pan.co.uk.
Organic Food Means Healthy Food
On average organic foods have more vitamins and minerals than non-organic foods.
Animals on organic farms tend to lead healthier, happier lives than those produced by factory farming methods. Healthy animals lead to healthy food products.
Animals on organic farms are not fed GM soya or cereal products.
Organic Farmers Work With & Protect Nature
Organic farmers work with the soil naturally, and don’t use chemicals that could harm either the organisms in the soil or the wildlife supported by the farm.
Organic farmers use green manures and composts to build up fertility rather than man-made, high nitrogen fertilizers.
Organic Methods Protect Farm Workers
Intensive farming methods can be harmful to the health of farm workers, particularly in developing countries; for example: Cotton is one of the most intensively sprayed plant crops, the sprays contributing to workers’ short-term and long-term illness.
How You Can Be Involved
Growing organically is good for the sustainability of your soil and your health.
Growing organically reduces your negative impact on the planet.
Teach your children to grow organically - it will enrich their lives and make them healthy. Help protect the environment and wildlife by buying organic products which you cannot grow yourself. Support your local organic growers and reduce the problems associated with 'food miles'.