I was born in the USSR, grew up in Russia and back then most of the produce we could get was naturally organic. My family had an allotment and 90% of fruit and veg we ate was seasonal, local and of course naturally grown without any chemicals.
When I moved to the UK I was disappointed to discover how low the quality of fresh produce was. I didn’t know about organic back then and was shopping in supermarkets and corner stores, not aware that I could get a better quality food at all.
For years I thought that plastic looking vegetables with hardly any taste is all that was available. I’m so happy it’s not true!
Once I tasted organic produce I realised this is exactly what I was craving. Every meal I make now tastes 10 times better, I even ended up cutting down on seasoning to enjoy the actual flavours of produce. Cauliflower and courgette have all of a sudden gained a lot of flavour and are back on my plate.
And of course the memories of home cooking came flooding back; this is exactly the food I grew up on. So happy I found it!
Taste is not the only reason I chose organic, but I admit it is one of the biggest (talking about instant gratification!). Here are a few more:
- No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or other nasties, which does not only ensure our health but the health of farmers working the fields as well. Chemicals are not only killing bugs they are ruining the soil, water and wildlife in the area.
- Recent research suggests that choosing organic food can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants (up to 60%) and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals.
- How the food is grown can have a major impact not only on the environment but on your mental and emotional health. We can only be as healthy as our environment as we are a part of it.
- Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
- Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.
- I order organic veg boxes to be delivered to my door. It is a convenient, affordable and very efficient way to make sure my fridge is stocked up with fresh and seasonal produce as well as get new vegetables I wouldn’t normally buy in a store.
- Organic produce in the boxes I get is pretty much plastic free. Some greens do come in plastic bags, however they are recyclable.
- When we buy more organic food the farmers get paid more (especially when purchasing directly or via co-op). This means they can afford to invest more in their business, the trickle-down effect will eventually bring more organic produce to the market making it cheaper.
- Price is usually what convince most against buying organic, however I found that getting veg box delivery from farms through co-ops or any other ways avoiding middleman such as supermarkets ends up costing the same. There is also a long-term benefit of added health and future savings on medication.
It is not always possible to get organic options, and that’s ok. I would love to see organic farming to become the one and only way we grow food in the future. It’s not such a crazy idea as we have farmed without chemicals for millennia. Bhutan might be the first country going 100% organic by 2020. The question is how soon we can get back on track?
Do you buy organic produce and if you don’t then why not? What is stopping you? I would like to know your thoughts.
Have a beautiful day, Marina xx