Organic foods are grown without the use of nasty pesticides, fertilizers or hormones. Reasons to purchase organic foods include health, ethical and environmental reasons. Organic farming aims to minimise environmental damage by using physical methods of weed control and use of manure.
When purchasing organic products look out for these symbols to ensure they are Australian Certified Organic (or equivalent certification in your country).
Organic food is purchased by health conscious groups who are concerned about pesticides, additives, antibiotics or other potentially toxic chemical residues. The debate on organic food still stands but the apparent health benefits of eating an all-organic diet include:
- Promotes animal welfare
- Reduced pesticide consumption
- Tastes better
- Environmentally safe/ less pollution
- Aims to reduce dependence on nonrenewable resources
- No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)