Going Organic


People chose organic foods for a variety of reasons, and apparently the aspect of feeling that you are “benefiting nutritionally” is the most common. However, that was not why I chose to go organic, mine was based on something The All Knowing I said that really struck a cord with me.

He had just been to see the movie Food Inc and we were discussing the content and my natural cynicism made me ask the question “it is all well and good people making these films about the corporatisation of the world, but what can we do as individuals, apart from feel guilty post seeing the movies because there is little or nothing we can do?”

Ok, I know that was almost more of a statement really than a question.

Anyway, his argument was that we don’t need to make grand gestures but instead we can make small yet significant choices that culminate in making a difference. His first small gesture was to only buy organic milk. You don’t have to suddenly only buy everything organic, if you did the price of your weekly grocery shop would certainly go up and the comparison may put you off committing to shopping organic in the future. Not only that, but it’s actually bloody hard (in Australia) to buy only organic, so start with a few items and build from there.

My first step in going organic was to make sure all the ingredients I used for baking my first ever cake were organic: https://macarthursmutterings.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/baked-by-me-honest/

Next on my list was fruit, now the kiwis I got were not as green as the non-organic variety, but my god they have more taste, and yes organic apples are a bit smaller than non-organic but my god they actually taste of something and maybe organic bananas don’t stay as yellow for as long as the non variety but again they have more taste (and smell) than the others.

I am spending a ‘little’ bit more than I might have done buying non organic, but it’s a small price difference for what ultimately might make a big difference. If retailers see a demand they will deliver to it, as consumers, here in Australia at least, we have been a little lax in demonstrating that demand.

So next time you are shopping, be it for milk, fruit, veg or even cake making ingredients, take a moment to consider organic.

Some other good reasons to go organic:

  • Buying organic is better for the environment.
  • Organic foods are generally grown without pesticides, artificial fertilisers, hormones or antibiotics.
  • Organic farmers utilise techniques that promote environmentally sustainable farming and animal welfare is also regarded as a high priority.
  • It is a well known fact that vegetables grown in season taste better and most organic foods are grown in season.
  • Apparently some people choose organic food because it makes them feel good, emotionally. Now I don’t have any of those so I can’t comment on that.

By Colin MacArthur

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8 Responses to “Going Organic”

  1. Yves Calmette Says:

    Just a few things to consider:
    – we eat 5 kilos of chemicals , pesticides in our food (meat, fruits, processed food) every month
    – research shows that 80% of chronic diseases are due to our modern diet

    Now look at how much you spend in your car or your home compared to your diet?

    Don’t you think your health doesn’t deserve
    spending 15% more Iinto food?

    Just buying organic the 3 foods you eat the most would make a big difference. And if you want to take it a little bit further, go organic for your olive oil, milk, eggs, salt and sugar.

    Yves
    Food coach

    • macarthursmutterings Says:

      i love the analogy to spend on car and home, when you think of it that way there really is no excuse not to spend the little bit extra

  2. Kelly Says:

    Hello mr Mac
    We too have become very interested in organic lately – mainly because of young Fin. As he’s only little, kilo for kilo, the impact of any chemicals on his body would be greater than what it would be on us. So organic all the way for him. And yes, his apples taste amazing! And I think that taste not only comes from the growing process but also because the organic prod e we have to chose from is quite diverse. The co-op we go to in enmore or the markets in Marrickville have an amazing array of apples to chose from (and potatoes and pears and everything else) – it’s not just ‘red or green’. Organic farmers are interested in the diversity of food – not just streamlining production processes to ensure a ‘better bottom line’.
    And I agree with the I – small things help – like cutting down (not out) red meat consumption, buying only grass fed, not grain fed beef, trying to find items not shipped around the world to eat…and yes, there are times when that won’t be possible, but trying to do it when you can makes a whopping difference…
    Love from boston
    Kelly xx

    • macarthursmutterings Says:

      Kelly, don’t get me started on “food miles”…. I might have to blog on that soon.

      Hope you are finding an abundance of organic fun in the US of A

  3. Anna Says:

    You could always go a step further and grow your own… 🙂

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