By making a few easy, affordable swaps, you can make the world of difference to your health and in the fight against climate change.
You can have a direct impact on planet Earth, from creating wildlife havens and encouraging healthier soils, to reducing deforestation and lowering emissions – just by choosing organic.
Did you know, for example, wildlife thrives amidst organic farming, which avoids toxic chemicals? In fact, studies have shown that wildlife is 50% more abundant on organic farms.
Soil is amazing – and our survival depends on it! 95% of our food comes from the soil but sadly, we’re losing around 30 football pitches of fertile soil every minute because of industrial farming techniques.
Healthy soils are also a major store of carbon and contain three times as much as the atmosphere and five times as much as forests. If all UK farming was organic, at least 1.3m tonnes of carbon would be absorbed by the soil each year – which is the equivalent of taking nearly 1m cars off the road – thereby reducing carbon emissions.
Why organic is better for you and better for nature
Organic milk and dairy contain around 50% more beneficial Omega-3 essential fatty acids than non-organic because cows are pasture-fed – meaning they graze on grass and clover and are kept outside for as much of the year as possible.
Organic eggs, which are a great source of protein, are more than just free range. Chickens are given much more space to roam and exhibit their natural behaviours, which reduces stress and the need for antibiotics.
Organic crops are as much as 60% higher in key antioxidants than their conventionally grown counterparts, so picking up a bunch of organic carrots is a great way to make sure you’re getting as many nutrients as possible.
Staples such as pulses, pasta, rice and wholegrains are often the same price as non-organic, plus shoppers can bulk buy to help reduce the cost even further. We all use these staples regularly and often in big quantities, so this could make a real difference to the environment.
Even organic beer and wine are healthier! Not only do they support more sustainable farming, but they contain less sulphur which could lessen the chances of a hangover.