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The British Journal of Nutrition has published an article created by experts who tested Organic versus Non-organic. Their findings on why organic is in fact better than non-organic is very positive. It at last puts forward the case that has been argued by people who care about what they put in their bodies, the environment and animal welfare: Organic is better for you than non-organic. There are so many reasons to buy organic:

Strawberries should always be organic due to how many pesticides are used on non-organic and cannot be washed off.

Strawberries should always be organic due to how many pesticides are used on non-organic and cannot be washed off.

  1. You will know what’s in your food as it has to be approved to have the organic certification.
  2. Fraction of the pesticide use, and would not use any pesticides that harm Bees or other Wildlife
  3. Genetically Modified (GM) foods are completely banned.
  4. Combats climate change by the farming methods used.
  5. Supports ethical farming and animal welfare.

But from a Nutritional point of view organic foods:

  1. Are higher in nutrients due to quality of the soil.
  2. Do not contain the amount of toxins that no-organic foods can contain.

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For more information on British Journal Findings see:

Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses
Marcin Barański,Dominika Średnicka-Tober,Nikolaos Volakakis,Chris Seal,Roy Sanderson,Gavin B. Stewart,Charles Benbrook,Bruno Biavati,Emilia Markellou,Charilaos Giotis,Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska,Ewa Rembiałkowska,Krystyna Skwarło-Sońta,Raija Tahvonen,Dagmar Janovská,Urs Niggli,Philippe Nicot and Carlo Leifert (2014).
British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 112, Issue05, September 2014, pp 794-811
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?aid=9325471

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I am glad this has come to light (Not glad that it’s happened) as it makes my job a lot easier in persuading people to take more care about what they eat.

Cooking properly at home is 100 times better than buying convenience foods. The health benefits are so obvious: less salt, no sugar, quality ingredients and NO additives.  It is NOT more expensive than buying ready meals or large amounts of refined foods. You can make 10 burgers from one pack of £2 turky mince (500g) or £4 organic beef mince (500g) – this is much cheaper than buying 4 cheap burgers! They are easy, quick and taste much nicer and you can add healthy ingredients like onions nad herbs to increase the nutrient value. Really it’s the retailer and manufacturers that fool you into thinking that buying ready-made foods are cheaper. There’s a bit of consumer laziness involved too, if we are really honest, as far as having time is concerned – there is no other way, you have to make time if you want to be healthier.
This ‘Scandal’, has not only highlighted the problem with meat and ready-made meals, it shows that you never really know what’s in any foods that are mass-produced. Manufacturers legally don’t have to put all ingredients in, and even if you do read the ingredients list – do you even know what half the ingredients are?

Vegetarians have to be very careful, manufacturers use a lot more flavourings, additives and salt to make bland foods more palatable and some of the derived protein foods contain substances that humans (or any animal) were never meant to eat.

There is huge pressure on manufacturers to sell cheap food by the consumer, especially meat. Perhaps if we treated animal product with the respect it deserves, after all it was a life, we should be supporting farmers that treat animals well, eat less meat but higher quality and eat more plant-based foods, the costs would balance out and the nation would reap the health and environmental benefits.

Flicks bookThere is a great book written by a friend of mine called ‘Not on The Label’ by Felicity Lawrence.  It caused a big stir when first published back in 2004 and is well worth reading if you are interested in the where food comes from.

http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141015668,00.html

For information and keeping up to date with food news join the Soil Association, it doesn’t cost much, but you will get a great book, and regular magazines and have access to wonderful recipes and food advise, and you will be supporting the environment and organic sustainable farming.

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