by Shuting Cui
In order to know more about organic food and how it's grown, I interviewed a man who dedicates his allotment to growing organic vegetables.
To listen to the interview, please click on the link below.
Find out more: www.soilassociation.org/organicisdifferent
Listed below are the the fundamental differences between organic and regular food that the interview uncovered.
1. In organic food most pesticides are banned
In non-organic farming over 320 pesticides are used; these pesticides pollute our environment. Under organic standards, t Instead, organic farmers rely on natural methods to control weeds, pets and diseases. To most effectively reduce your exposure to pesticides, eat organic!
2. Organic farming attempts to combat climate change
Organic farming releases far fewer greenhouse gases per hectare than non-organic farming. This can help fight against climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil. By choosing organic local food you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
3. Chemical fertilisers are prohibited
In organic farming artificial chemical fertilisers are prohibited. Instead a healthy soil is cultured by growing and rotating a range of crops, using organic matters like compost and manure, and using clover to remove nitrogen from the atmosphere.
4. Genetic Modification is banned
Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredient are banned under organic standards. the use of GM seed is prohibited, and animal manure-which can be used for building fertility in the soil-must come from animals that haven't been fed GM feed.
5. Food you can trust
Organic food comes from trusted sources. all organic farms are inspected at least once a year, and full traceability's checked from field to fork. you can be sure that what is on your plate has come from an organically certified farm.
6. Nutritionally different
Research published in the British journal of nutrition has found significant differences between organic and non-organic farming. Find out more: www.soilassociation.org/organicisdifferent