Buying organic food has become increasingly popular over the past few years, there is a reason for that. Studies have shown the benefits (link: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/family-eats-organic-for-just-two- weeks-removes-nearly-all-pesticides-from-body-20150513-gh0jhd.html ) that eating organic can have for your family. But buying organic can be hard, navigating the shopping centre isles and finding the best possible products can be confusing. Reading food labels, keeping within organic principles and also being able to feed your family economically can be a challenge.
Making the commitment to opt for a healthier way of eating and living might be hard at first but it is a long term investment that will pay off in the long run. So to help you on your way, we have put together the best ways to buy organic, without any unnecessary expense or time.
What does ‘Organic’ mean?
Basically it means that any item or agricultural product that you purchase must meet and maintain a certain standard. They must be grown without synthetic pesticides, petroleum or nitrogen based fertilisers and cannot use genetically modified seeds. Livestock must be given organic feed and cannot be given antibiotics or growth hormones.
This provides a wide array of benefits. Studies have shown that organic food can be more nutritious than its commercial counterparts. Additionally, those who eat organic avoid consuming inflammatory preservatives and chemicals.
How do I know if it is organic?
Look for the Australian Certified Organic Standard label on your products. This is reviewed every three years to ensure that everything stays up to date with industry research and expectations. There are other national organic and biodynamic standards sets by the Australian Government but the Australian Certified Organic Standard is one of the strictest.
Organic farming reduces chemical runoff and residues going into our waterways and drinking water. It also helps to restore soils for more productive and sustainable farm lands..