We’re over mid-way through Organic September, and the Soil Association have pulled together a lot of information on why you might choose organic produce. There’s also a large number of events taking place where you can explore more about the food and its producers.
I used to buy a lot more organic produce than I do now. I acknowledge that production methods, particularly for animals, are significantly better than the alternatives. I just think with the belt-tightening that many of us have had to do, then I am mindful about which products I think are absolutely worth the premium.
There’s also the ongoing debate about whether a complete switch to organic production methods would provide enough food for the population we’ll find ourselves with in the future. Not to mention any changes we might need to think about to what our diets are.
For now, these are the things I try to go organic on when possible.
I know, it’s more expensive. There is no getting away from that. It may not be that more expensive than the true cost of meat should be, but that can be hard when you’re comparing to other costs. I would rather try and eat less meat than cheap meat. I’ve also got 3 teenagers to feed. I try to choose organic more often not, as I think it’s better for the animals, and for us.
My compromise is to buy meat from a butcher who knows about the animal’s life, and death. If you’re going mail order, then try The Well Hung Meat Company (great meat boxes) or Graig Farm, both of which I’ve used in the past.
I think this one is not just because the cows have a better life, but also the farmers get a fairer price for their milk. It’s one of the great injustices of our food system what the supermarkets have been paying dairy farmers. I don’t know for sure I’m doing the right thing, but for now, I will.
Ok, this one is an occasional one, but I tend to choose organic red wine. It seems to give MFL fewer leg cramps than non-organic. I can’t vouch that it gives him fewer headaches, but then if he will drink the whole bottle…at least better quality hangovers.
I am very fond still of Bonterra, but there are some great new vineyards out of his native South Africa that we are trying too. Stellar Organics specialise in no added sulphur wines, and we’re working our way through their wine list. Try Vintage Roots for an incredible selection of not just wines, but ciders, beers and even gin.
Broccoli and carrots
Ok, and possibly quite a few other veg. Because I think they just taste better. Organic broccoli at least has some taste, and organic carrots too. This decision is based purely on taste. Quite key for keen cooks really.
So, these are my choices, purely personal. Where do you stand on organic food? Are there things you’d choose to buy the organic version of where you can? I’ve love to know what your choices are, or aren’t.