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Journal

What does organic mean anyway?

August 2020

It’s likely that the pandemic crisis is making people take a look at their lifestyles to see if there are any healthy switches they can make, whether that’s getting more exercise, improving their sleep quality or eating more fresh fruit and vegetables.

If you already know that your diet is pretty good but you still want to make a few tiny tweaks here and there, you may want to think about eating more organic produce, which avoids the use of all manmade fertilisers, growth regulators, additives in livestock feed, pesticides and so on.

It also means you won’t be eating anything produced by genetically modified organisms, which is also prohibited under organic legislation. Where agriculture is concerned, the focus is on environmental, economical and social sustainability, relying on crop rotation, hand weeding, biological pest control and animal and plant manures.

If you’re keen to help the environment and reduce your impact on the planet as much as you can because of the climate crisis, organic produce could be a good choice for you, since it means fewer chemicals like artificial fertilisers being used on land, which can make their way into our waterways. It also boosts wildlife and biodiversity, and animal welfare, since animals have to be kept in freer conditions.

Of course, it can be tricky to know what is organic and what isn’t, so look out for a Soil Association label, as this will let you know that it’s ticked all the right boxes. And remember that anything with artificial colourings or sweeteners won’t be organic, as these are banned in produce of this kind.

Many organic suppliers, such as our chosen provider Daily Dose, take all that weird and wonderfully wonky fruit and veg that would otherwise be binned to use as fresh organic ingredients for their juices, smoothies and prepared snacks. Just because it’s a funny shape doesn’t mean it isn’t nutritious and delicious, after all!

Finally, did you know that drinking 150ml of pure unsweetened fruit or vegetable juice counts as one of your five daily portions? It’s never been easier to give yourself that sought-after health boost than with a pure organic smoothie, so get juicing!

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