Organic food is grown entirely without chemicals and is generally agreed to taste far superior to conventionally grown crops.
Organic food is good for you! It’s official. Recent studies have shown that food produced organically contains more nutrients and almost no chemical residues. Eat as much organic produce as you can afford, for the sake of your health.
Organic meat and fish
It’s becoming easier to find suppliers of organically produced meat. Some supermarkets stock it, and there are specialised butchers in most larger towns. Freshly caught fish may be more difficult to find in the shops, but it’s pretty much as organic as it gets, since until it is pulled on board, it is swimming wild. With both meat and fish, the fresher, the better, of course.
Organic fruit and vegetables
Much of the food you get in the shops is not very good, even though it’s beautifully presented and the fresh produce is probably all the same colour, shape and size, maybe even polished. It looks wonderful on the outside, but on the inside it’s really not that good. The fruit and vegetables you find in supermarkets (which is where most of us do our shopping) are often not just short on flavour, but also on many of the minerals that used to be in food, which the human body needs to survive in a healthy state.
You can buy organic food in some supermarkets. The range tends to be a bit limited compared to the standard produce, and the prices are usually quite a bit higher. At least they have some taste, though. It’s amazing, eating a carrot with some flavour after the cardboard imitations we’ve all got used to, and the same goes for the other fruit and veg, as well.
If you can’t afford to buy enough organic food to get your five portions of fruit and veg a day, you could consider growing some of your own. Non-gardeners may find this idea a bit daunting, but you can start off with the easier things like french beans, herbs and salads. It really isn’t that difficult, and you will find the taste of freshly-picked produce which you have cooked straight away, is ten times better than anything you can get in the shops. It’s so convenient to walk out of your kitchen door to pick a few veg for dinner, and really satisfying to think that they are ‘all your own work’.
A good site about organic gardening for beginners is GardenZone.