Reasons to Eat Organic Food
Even processed organic food is better for you as manufacturers are banned from using many of the most harmful additives such as hydrogenated fat, MSG and artificial flavourings and colourings.
Organic food simply tastes so much better than "normal" food. Carrots that actually taste of carrots, apples that go zing in your mouth and really chickeny chicken. Why not see for yourself at the Organic Food Fair - see opposite for more details.
You can be safe knowing that you won't be eating genetically modified (GM) food. Intensively farmed animals are often fed on GM soya and much of the world's production of cotton and rice are now GM. You can register your protest by buying organic produce.
While organic food may cost slightly more on the supermarket shelves, the true cost of conventional food is much higher. The BSE crisis cost nearly Ј4 billion and we support the conventional farming industry through our taxes. The Soil Association say that it costs Ј120 million a year to remove chemicals from drinking water, most of which are pesticides used in farming.
Intensive farming methods can lead to soil erosion, the destruction of ancient hedgerows and the extinction or near-extinction of hundreds of our natural animals, birds and plants.
The Soil Association believes that organic farming is the best way to reverse the decline in wildlife by:
Crop rotation so the soil is kept fertile and avoid the use of chemical fertilisers
Mixed farming where different crops are planted together
Encouraging natural predators so there is no need to use pesticides
And it's not just food
Recent years have seen a huge growth in the number of organic clothing and toiletries ranges available. Once hard to come by and very expensive, companies such as Green Baby and The Natural Nursery are making organic baby clothes, nappies and toiletries accessible to all.
Many of the same arguments apply: the cotton industry accounts for 25% of the world's insecticide use and it takes around 150 grams of hazardous chemical pesticides to grow enough cotton to make one t-shirt!