You Should Care About Organic Produce And This Is Why
And there is a scientific reason it tastes better. For real.
It's something you hear time and time again. Organic is better for you.
But, like, is it really?
This month is Australian Organic Awareness Month -- which is Australia’s largest organic awareness campaign -- and if you're anything like us, while it's easy to pretend you know all about organic produce, chances are you don't really get why it's best. We caught up with Luke Hines, author, clean-living expert and Australian Organic ambassador, to find out why he highly recommends making the switch to certified organic.
Which brings us first to a question we need to get answered straight away... What IS certified organic?
"To be certified organic, farmers must grow or manufacture a product free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics," Luke told ten daily. "Livestock must be free to roam, seed must be non-genetically modified, and the process must be water efficient and biodiversity friendly."
And be warned, products that are simply labelled ‘organic’ are not currently regulated under Australian law, meaning their producers are not required to follow specific regulations in order to claim that they are ‘organic’.
For Luke, the benefits of eating -- and cooking with -- certified organic ingredients are huge. And it's mostly down to what you want to be putting in your body.
"As the saying goes, you are what you eat, and I want to avoid putting potentially harmful chemicals in my body," he told ten daily.
"One of my priorities is making sure that any animal protein I eat in my diet is certified organic. I need to know that the animal is free-range, not genetically modified and pasture-fed (or fed the diet it is nutritionally designed to eat), and is free from any hormones and antibiotics."
Makes sense right?
"I also do my best to source certified organic fresh fruit and vegetables as I can be assured that they’re grown and produced in a water-efficient environment, are biodiversity friendly, and are free from synthetic pesticides and herbicides."
Of course the question is -- does it actually taste better?
"I do notice a difference in the taste," Luke insisted.
And here's the actual reason why:
"The fact is that organic fruit and vegetables tend to grow more slowly and have lower water content, which contributes to the fuller flavour of the produce. They are also grown in nourishing conditions that contribute to a crop’s overall health, and they have higher antioxidant levels, which can make the flavour of the food more intense. It’s how food should actually taste!"
Cue choirs of angels.
And of course, with our environment suffering at every turn, the benefits of organic production are enormous.
"Organic farming practices focus on biodiversity protection and land regeneration," Luke agreed. "Certified organic farming prohibits the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals and reduces its impact on the surrounding environment by reducing run-off into nearby waterways."
So now you know. Go forth, eat well. Save the world.
You deserve it.
It’s important to look out for the Bud Logo when buying certified organic products to know that what you’re buying is truly certified organic. Sign up to the BUD ORGANIC CLUB, an information resource to feel even more inspired to make the switch including tips, advice, recipes, news and more -- https://austorganic.com/budorganicclub/
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