Walking around the supermarket you’ll find signs and labels on some of the produce saying ORGANIC and most people, if asked, will tell you that organic food is good for you. What does that mean though?
Actually, organic food is good for us all and for the environment.
If you buy organic meat, you can be guaranteed that it’s been reared on grassland that hasn’t been treated with chemical fertilisers, herbicides, or pesticides. Organic animals in Ireland are always free range, have plenty of living space, and live a good life.
Farms that hold organic animals have a less dense population and this means they produce less greenhouse gases. They’re committed to preserving the soil and the water around them and make sure that the ground they farm will be in good condition for many years to come.
Organic fruits and vegetables haven’t been treated with pesticides or chemicals during their production. This can sometimes mean that they have a shorter shelf life, but you’re guaranteed that you’re eating the real deal which hasn’t been tainted with a pollutants.
I first became interested in organic food when I started to grow my own fruits and vegetables. Naively I was convinced that I too could grow organically at home. How wrong I was! To become a certified organic grower/farmer you have to go through many years of inspections by your supervising organisation (in Ireland this is IOFGA), and you have to meet some very strict criteria to gain this valuable stamp of approval. Nowadays I simply say that I grow organically, but will never be able to say that my food is organic.
One of the most common complaints about organic food is that it’s more expensive in the supermarket. While this might be true, the reason why the price is often higher is down to the higher cost of producing top quality food. As I’ve mentioned already, organic fruits and vegetables won’t have as long a shelf life as conventional food and for this reason it will be more expensive.
The beauty of shopping for my organic produce in Lidl is that I’m guaranteed it’s going to be affordable and available for me. Especially I don’t grow organic oats or coffee!!!
This week’s #LidlFullShop I found quite difficult because while there are plenty of organic products on sale I wished that there was more! However I hadn’t realised there was organic coffee on sale and that was a major bonus for my husband who was delighted to stock up. I was very happy to pick up some organic smoked salmon which will go lovely with some organic scrambled eggs for breakfast one day this week.
What do you think? Did you realise Lidl had so many organic products, and will you buy more this week?