We can’t believe it’s September already! Now that we’re officially into National Organic Month, it’s the perfect time for us to dive a little deeper into where our food comes from. With summer coming to a close and autumn fast approaching, we can begin to prepare for our diets shifting from fresh fruits and veg to more hearty foods in the healthiest ways.
We have been hearing all about it for the past few years, bringing new labels into our shops, but is organic really better? Why is organic so important?
The term “organic” merely means that the food we eat is grown with less man-made chemicals, such as pesticides, fertilisers, growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and GMOs. In short, organic typically means less harm to our bodies and the environment. Organic farming practices have proven to be more sustainable in the long-term and can serve to protect our health, our earth, and even our economy.
The primary reason many of us don’t already shop organically is down to budget. Yes, in many instances, organic foods can cost astronomically more than conventional products, but organic doesn’t need to be expensive. Knowing where to shop and exactly what to shop for can seem daunting, but can end up saving us more money than conventional shopping, while also sticking to our organic goals!
So, how can we be more organic this autumn?
Understanding our shopping priorities. Setting our shopping goals for the season can be helpful in understanding where and how we will spend our money. Whether our goals are to reduce our budget, focus on health, or protect the environment, the foods we choose to purchase typically show us what our goals are and where we can tweak them.
Knowing the “clean fifteen.” This list tells us the foods that are the least pesticide-ridden, and thus, the foods we can most safely purchase non-organically.
Trying our hand at growing our own. It’s not too late to plant some of our favourite autumn vegetables! Take a look here for some tips and tricks on growing our own autumnal veg. Learning how to grow our own food can be incredibly informative, healing, and cost effective! You don’t even need a garden to grow.
Spreading the word! This month is the perfect time to learn and share more about the importance of organic foods. Be a part of the UK’s biggest campaign dedicated to growing the organic market, which will make healthy foods more accessible than ever!
This month, we can all remember that small changes make a difference. Our decisions and voices matter. Use them today and share your thoughts, experiences, and ideas in the comments below!
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