By definition, organic food is food that has been produced without the use of chemicals such as fertilisers, pesticides or preservatives.
The goal of organically produced foods is to work harmoniously with the ecosystem
by using renewable energy sources and natural farming cycles to ensure the conservation of water, soil and energy. The current use of chemicals in modern farming methods means that soil fertility, nutrients and minerals have significantly declined in our soil. This negatively effects both the quality of the food we consume and the environment we live in.
Non-organic food uses a range of pesticides and chemical fertilisers. This means we are absorbing high levels of toxic chemicals in our systems each day! The vital nutritional benefits of our food, for example, antioxidants, are then compromised. This has a negative effect in the body and one’s overall health as the chemicals can react with the vitamins and minerals within the food and lower the positive impact in the body.
Animal welfare is an important factor in the benefits of organic food. Animals that are raised in an organic environment are often treated more humanely, for example, organic or free-range chickens are allowed to roam freer as opposed to living in a cage. Similarly, animals aren’t fed growth related drugs, steroid or hormones. This is not only better for the welfare of the animal but it’s also better for our consumption. Non-organic animal products such as beef are known to contain these antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones and vaccines. We indirectly consume these and they weaken our immune systems resulting in the bodies incapacity to fight disease.
Organic fruits, vegetables, dried grains and legumes, meat and meat products, dairy, eggs, honey and tea all hold a higher nutritional value and help give your body the nutrition it requires to function at its optimal level.
In Australia, we have very strict guidelines to ensure that foods claiming to be ‘organic’ are actually certified organic produce. This is regulated through the Australian Certified Organic Board which is committed to upholding and ensuring all certification activities are carried out with adherence to the highest standards of integrity, impartiality and objectivity.
Tests for pesticides which are designed to kill insects, plants, mould and mildew are carried out on a large number of fruits and vegetables each year and the findings created a helpful summary to provide consumers with knowledge on which non-organic foods to stay away.
Below is a list of 12 fruits & vegetables, ‘The Dirty Dozen’, These are the most important foods to purchase organically as they contain the most pesticide residue.
The Dirty Dozen
The best way to source organic foods is by finding an organic store or visiting your local farmers market which, also helps to support your community. Growing fruit and vegetables in your own garden is not only a fun thing to do, but it’s incredibly rewarding and a great money saver!
At The House of Life, we love nothing more than knowing that the food we are eating is nourishing our bodies as well as helping create a sustainable environment for our precious planet.
We are committed to advocating and sourcing products and ingredients that are organically & ethically sourced.