A few years ago when organic food started appearing in our supermarkets I just thought that it was expensive and asked myself:
Does organic really make a difference?
Fast forward to now and I am a devotee of organic food.
I love all things ORGANIC!
The benefits of growing food organically are:
the chemicals used in the form of fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides have a harmful effect on our soil and wildlife
allowing our soil and wildlife to thrive increases biodiversity and carbon reduction which helps towards saving our planet
The benefits of eating organic food are:
the nutritional content of organic vegetables and other plant based foods is higher
the taste is often better
better for your health - the chemicals which have been used in farming from the 1950s are from time to time found to be poisonous and some are banned as a result - but others considered 'safe' have been linked to certain cancers
Obviously organic food is more expensive but I am finding that the supermarkets are increasingly offering organic alternatives at reasonable prices. Sainsbury’s has a very good range with SO organic throughout their store.
The government are happy not to tackle this issue as the Agrochemical industry is huge and growing. It is all part of intensive farming brought in in the 1950s. But there is a better way of farming as many farmers who are becoming organic know. The government have recently introduced ELMS (Environmental Land Management Schemes) to replace the EU subsidy system and this is a step in the right direction but doesn't go far enough in my opinion.
I feel so passionate about the subject of organic farming that I have made this the theme of the novel I am currently writing, Wanda's Tree.
What do you think about organic food?