Most of us these days are aware that buying organic is ‘better for you.’ Yet more often than not we aren’t armed with the right facts to enable us to make the right decision in the supermarket. We don’t blame you, when you’re confronted with a punnet of blueberries that’s not only cheaper than its organic counterpart but also bigger, then its’ a no brainier which one you pick right?
Well, no. Not for us anyway! At CPress all our food, juice and coffee is 100% organic and we are proud as punch to say so because we know that the food we serve up and the fruit we press have not been exposed to pesticides, fertilisers and other nasties. CPress, helping you stay healthy since 2014…In all seriousness though, here are some hard truths about organic vs. non-organic produce.
What does ORGANIC stand for?
Organic is a method of food production, from agriculture and manufacturing to processing and packaging. It ensures food is produced to a specific standard that is high in quality and nutrition, which in turn contributes towards preventative health and vitality. It advocates using minimal processing methods whilst avoiding the use of fertilisers, pesticides, animal drugs and food additives that may have adverse effects on our health. Eating organic is not simply just a case of using organically grown foods; it’s an intricate production method from seed to supermarket shelf. In other words, it’s a process that involves minimal processing resulting in high quality, fresh and nutrient dense foods that have fewer harmful residues that everyday non-organic foods may contain. Organic processing also ensures that only the highest standards of hygiene and traceability are met so you know that your food is free from any non-organic ingredients and chemicals.
A recent study has shown that organic foods are in fact higher in antioxidants, whilst containing fewer pesticides, heavy metals and nitrogens linked to the risk of certain diseases (soilassociation.org/organicisdifferent).
How do I know something is ORGANIC?
In the UK it is illegal to label something as organic if it has not been certified by a government-regulated body. Look for one of these icons:
What is the Soil Association?
There are a number of bodies that can carry out the certification process to ensure that organic standards are being met. The Soil Association surpass these standards and ensure that all the businesses they certify meet standards that are higher than the EU minimum in a number of areas, as well as developing their own standards in areas that are not covered by government or EU regulations. We are certified by the soil association.
For more on the Organic Advantage click here