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Organic. Is it really better?

Posted on 01 Sep 2011 in Protect Nature | 0 comments

The 1st of September kicks off a month’s celebration and promotion of Organic food by the industry. It’s a great time to think about what Organic is all about and the connection between what we eat and the impact that food has on our health, the planet and the people and animals we share it with.

Today most of our food is produced by intensive factory farming methods that rely on oil-based fertilisers and chemicals. There are hidden costs to this way of farming, including damage to the soil and the environment, poor animal welfare standards, high levels of waste and poor quality food. On the other hand, Organic is about “planet friendly” farming and is strictly standardised to ensure farmers are working with Nature, instead of against it.

Of course, Organic gets its fair share of bad press and has its critics, who say it’s over-priced or elitist and that the claims are over-blown. It’s up to all of us to make up our own minds.

At hiSbe we think Organic has an important role to play in a healthier, fairer and more sustainable food system. We think the more of us who support Organic food with our everyday shopping habits, the cheaper and more accessible it will become. That’s why Protect Nature is one of hiSbe‘s 8 Everyday Choices.

We like this quirky little video that cleverly explains the difference between organic farming and intensive farming.

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