“The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible” – Albert Howard
September is here and every year we celebrate all things Organic. What does Organic really mean and what are the benefits you might wonder…
Organic foods come from crops that were produced without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or other genetically modified components. They also include animal products such as cheese, milk, meat or honey that were also produced free of growth hormones and antibiotics. In the face of climate change and other ecological issues such as a widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems is now more important than ever – a transition towards ‘agroecological’ farming systems, such as organic, can make a world of difference not just for Mother Earth but for all of us.
It’s Better for the Planet… Respecting nature and enhancing the health of soils, water and air, organic farming is leading the way on sustainability. According to the Soil Association UK, if Europe’s farmers all followed organic principles, agricultural emissions could drop by 40-50% by 2050. 1 Organic farmers are encouraged to make use of what they have and limit the use of imported resources. This means no artificial fertilisers, healthier soils that store more carbon and meat that is more environmentally friendly.
Nikken’s JadeGreen Zymes® barley grass powder is certified Organic by the Soil Association, a certification we are extremely proud off. The Soil Association wants to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare, environmental and wildlife protection.
Higher Welfare for Animals… Organic farming has the highest animal welfare standards of any international farming system. Free range animals are encouraged to forage, graze and roam, with plenty of space, fresh air and conditions that allow them to express their natural behaviours. More access to the outdoors means organic animals don’t have to be routinely treated with antibiotics and wormers.
It’s Better for People… Is organic food safer than conventional products? This is a question that most of us are asking ourselves. Well, organic farming makes the connection between our own health and the health of our planet, our animals and our wildlife. As Ludwig Feuerbach once said: “We are what we eat” – so why not consume produce that contains fewer pesticides, additives, preservatives and with no GM ingredients whilst supporting our farmers and the planet at the same time?
A few ways to becoming more Organic friendly…
Grow your own… Growing your own saves on food miles, tastes delicious and couldn’t be any fresher. Even a few salad leaves and herbs are better than nothing and can be grown in pots if you have no garden space. At the same time, you will be encouraging wildlife by putting up nest boxes, leaving piles of leaves in corners for hibernating creatures and leaving areas of long grass where insects and other creatures can hide.
Reduce, reuse and recycle… Choose loose fruit and vegetables from your local farm shop and try upcycling the packaging from your favourite organic brands too. Buying organic food from independent local businesses is an important way to support them and boosting your local economy at the same time.
Eat with the seasons… Eating more seasonally is a great way to reconnect to the rhythm of the natural world, as well as reducing the food miles of what’s on your table everyday. Find out what fruit and vegetables are in season and follow the path to becoming more sustainable.
Organic offers a simple, trusted way to be more sustainable in our daily lives and this is an important part of an Active Wellness lifestyle: Being in Harmony with Nature.
2nd September 2021