Organic food is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy agricultural sector which does not damage the earth and limit its nutrients. There are many great reasons to buy organic:
1. It's healthy
Averagely, organic food has higher levels of Vitamin C and important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium as well as cancer-battling antioxidants.
2. No nasty additives
Organic food doesn’t have food additives which can bring about health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity. Amongst the additives forbidden by the Soil Association are hydrogenated fat, aspartame (artificial sweetener) and MSG.
3. Avoids pesticides
Over 400 chemical pesticides are frequently utilised in conventional agriculture and residues are often present in non-organic food.
Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are forbidden under organic standards.
5. Reliance on drugs removed
There is an increased concern about the high use of antibiotics on animals and the potential effects on human health. Soil Association standards forbid the routine use of antibiotics.
6. No hidden costs
Tax payers pay £120 million for chemicals to be taken out of drinking water, mainly as a result of the pesticides used in agriculture.
7. High standards
Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are examined at least once a year. The standards for organic food are established in European law.
8. Care for animals
Animal welfare is taken seriously under organic standards. The advantages of the organic approach are understood by animal welfare organisations such as Compassion in World Farming as well as the UK government.