LabOrganic is one of my favourite juice bars in London, I recently gave them a glowing write up (read it here) not only that but they are London’s first organic juice bar and store. The lovely founders of LabOrganic have been so kind to write a guest article for The Nutritionista which outlines five reasons to go Organic. I hope you enjoy x
We all know that consuming more fruit and vegetables is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However, could those “healthy” fruits and vegetables be causing more harm than good?
What is Organic?
With a booming world population, farmers are having to increase their volumes without huge increases in cost. In order to do this, many farms use highly toxic pesticides and fertilisers.
In order to be certified by the Soil Association as “organic”, farmers must develop fertile soil by applying crop rotation and using only natural fertilisers such as compost, manure and clover – a return to more traditional farming methods. Also all genetically modified crops are banned, meaning organic fruit and veg is the real deal (nutrient-dense!) rather than the product of some scientific experiment. Below are our top five reasons to go organic!
Five Reasons to Go Organic
- It Tastes Better- Once you go organic, it will be hard to go back. Organic produce from small farms tastes like food – no condiments needed. Fruit is sweeter and juicer and vegetables have real flavour. And because it tastes so good, you savour it, meaning you probably won’t eat as much. Remember that old adage “quality over quantity”?
- Your Health- Despite little firm evidence linking serious illness to consuming non-organic produce, it is a no-brainer that organic, non-genetically modified produce, is going to be more nutrient-dense and better for your health than non-organic foods. Unfortunately, it is likely that non-organic produce (especially those with thin skins such as tomatoes and apples) absorbs at least some of the nasty toxins from fertilisers and pesticides. Although currently there is a lot of debate over whether or not food produced organically is really better for health, we think it is better to err on the side of caution.
- The Environment- Large scale farming which uses synthetic, chemical-infused fertilisers and pesticides causes enormous pollution to the soil, air, waterways and the environment in general. Unlike industrial farms, organic farms work with nature rather than against it, actively encouraging the natural wildlife to be part of the process. In short, if you want to go green, go organic.
- Wildlife- One major knock-on effect of the less-than-green methods of farming, are that animals’ natural habitats are being destroyed. Large farms will take over huge areas of land, poisoning the soil from which birds and animals feed as well as the nearby waterways in which our fish live. The result is that animals are unable to survive. One notable example of this is the bee with several species being particularly endangered (see The Bumble Bee Conservation Trust website). Organic farmers, on the other hand, maintain the hedgerows, meadows, ponds and other habitats on which local wildlife depends – long live our bees!
- Farmers-Today organic farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with conventional farmers as organic produce takes more time and care to grow. In order to survive, many farmers are forced to move away from smaller-scale, organic farming as large buyers squeeze their margin. Organic farming plays a crucial role in maintaining our beautiful world and without people who really care about “going organic”, these farmers could well disappear.
We do understand that “going organic” can be costly and not easy for everyone. But even if you can’t go completely organic, it is worth splashing out a little more on certain foods. Thankfully The Environmental Working Group has come up with two lists – the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen – which set out foods which are produced with the most and least pesticides respectively (click here to read the full lists). As you can see going organic (even a little) is important and means far more than a fancy food label!
Lab Organic, is a juice bar and café based in Covent Garden. Everything we make is fresh, organic and sold in either compostable or 100% recycable packaging. Sustainability is fundamental to our business and we want to raise awareness about organic food, farming and environmental conservation. We are open from 8am to 7.30pm – pop in and see us for an organic green juice!