Unfortunately the days are gone when organic food was just simply ‘food’. With the onset of industrial agriculture and an increased demand, organic farming practices were largely replaced with the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. These are used to prevent insects, weeds and plant diseases damaging crops. As a result, mass production and consistency in product is achieved… but at what cost?
There are many great reasons to eat organic, whether you are attracted to the idea for health reasons, lifestyle choice or from an ethical point of view, they are all valid and all important.
Below is a short list of some of the reasons behind our motivation in starting up Cold Country Organics:
Eating organic reduces the chemical load on our bodies. A study done by the US National Institute of Health demonstrated that children who ate a ‘conventional diet’ and had high levels of toxicity were able to dramatically decrease their levels of organophosphorus pesticides, in as little as 15 days, just by adopting an organic diet.
Eating organic nourishes us from the inside out. Organic produce contains superior vitamins and minerals due to the rich uncontaminated soil that it is grown in.
It encourages eating seasonally. In the New England we are lucky enough to experience all of the four seasons, so it is particularly important that we eat the foods that best support us through the changing seasons, that way our bodies thrive all year round!
Hands down the most delicious produce!
The environment –
Pesticides that are used to control crops are hard to contain within the specific area they are meant for. A large percentage of pesticides reach a destination other than their target. Instead, they enter the air, water and sediments. This happens when they run off from paddocks, escape storage tanks, are not discarded properly and especially when they are sprayed aerially. The soil is depleted and wildlife is affected.
To support our farmers –
By choosing Australian organic produce we are supporting our farmers to continue doing what they do best! We are contributing to a healthy economy and we know where our dollars are going.