The 5 Greatest Benefits of Buying Organic

 

At Peelham Farm, organic produce at the centre of our business ethos, and we are proud of our hand-reared and free range meat. Whilst the argument for eating organic extends to all food, our particular emphasis is on meat (of course!). In this month’s post, we thought we would compile a handy list of some of the reasons why incorporating organic food into your weekly shop makes complete sense. Whether it’s organic meat or organic veg, buying organic produce.

1. The effects of pesticides

Some of the chemicals contained within pesticides and herbicides have been found by the World Health Organisation to pose some health risks. Some of the pesticides used to treat crops have been classified as carcinogenic (can cause cancer), as well as having a harmful effect on some of the bacteria in our guts which help to regulate the human body. This is why our grass-fed cattle never eat produce which has been treated by pesticides.

The use of pesticides has an underlying effect on other aspects of your overall health, and can also affect hormones.

2. Organic food is fresher

Organic vegetables and fruit are often fresher, as they are not treated with preservatives. Again, these benefits are passed into meat, fish and dairy through the food chain, as organic meat is made from cattle who have also been fed on organic, pesticide free-feed.

3. Organic Food contains Higher Nutrience

Organic food has broadly higher levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, as well as being lower in pesticide residues. They also have a higher level of anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (as much as 60% more in some cases).

4. It’s not genetically modified

Organic food is free of genetically modified organisms, as food must be free of genetically modified in order to qualify as organic. If you want certainty that your food isn’t genetically modified, then buying locally from providers like Peelham is your best guarantee of high quality, organic produce.

5. Organic food is better for the environment

There are numerous environmental benefits to organic food, including the fact that it can help to reduce/avoid soil contamination. It can also help to reduce soil erosion. This, in turn, has a number of additional benefits.

  • Organic food helps to promote biodiversity, and encourages balance within a given eco-system.
  • Much organic food is distributed locally, and helps to promote local economies, thereby reducing carbon emissions and helping to combat global warming.