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 comes in a bigger punnet, then it's 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). Nowadays it is even more important than ever to care about how our food is produced and there is one over-arching reason for this; we live in an incredibly toxic environment.
Our Toxic Burden
The air that we breathe is toxic (especially for us Londoners), our food comes wrapped in plastics, we use shampoo and conditioner, body creams and make up that are all formulated with chemical substances which are absorbed thorough our skin. A simple way to look at it is this: anything that you put on your skin will eventually make it's way to your liver for detoxification. All of these factors, plus others besides, make up what is called our 'toxic burden.' Now given that we are all walking around with a degree of toxicity doesn't it make sense that we should alleviate that toxic burden where possible? We certainly think so, and there is no more direct route in to our bodies that via the food we eat.
It can certainly be expensive sourcing all your food organically, but the good news is that there are varying levels of toxic residues left on our foods. For example, strawberries are ranked highest out of everything (and in fact, ALL berries are high up there), meaning that a very large proportion of the original chemicals they were sprayed with still on them at the time that we go to eat them (usually unwashed) from the punnet. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower come pretty low down the list so you can more easily 'get away with' non organic types. As CPRESS grows as a company we aim to be able to make organic eating more accessible to more people every day.
How do you 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