Posted By Rebecca Sturgess June 2, 2020
You may be wondering what the difference is between ‘organic’ and conventionally grown produce. Not only this, but the difference between ‘organic’ and ‘certified organic’.
The term ‘organic’ can be used on any foods, without any official regulation, where as ‘Australian Certified Organic’ foods abide by a number of standards which take a holistic approach to the growing and handling of the food. This can include the whole system involved, from the level of soil quality to the regulations around sprays to the produce and transportation.
Certified Organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMO’s.
Making the switch to certified organic foods can have a number of benefits on your health, as well as the environment.
Here are a few reasons you should make the switch:
• To support local farmers by eating locally grown, Australian produce.
• Increase your intake of fresh produce, with lower food miles.
• Reduce your exposure to herbicides, pesticides and toxins, which can have negative effects on your health. Certified organic produce is not sprayed with any synthetic and harmful chemicals, fertilisers or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).
What to look for when choosing organic:
• The Australian Certified Organic (ACO) logo on packaging. Products with this logo are regulated by ACO and have approved organic farming practices.
• Eat in season when possible, source your veggies locally in your live in an area near an organic farm. Most certified organic produce in the supermarket/grocer is usually in season unless it has been imported.
• Try Bite Me Fine Foods range of certified organic Veggie Patties and Falafels. This is a great option for those who lead busy lifestyles, and is an easy way to ensure your meals are organic instead of eating ‘less healthy’ options when eating on the go.
• Overall, opt for home cooked meals made from organic ingredients
• Freeze your herbs so they last longer, as herbs can be costly.
• If you’re wanting to make the switch to organic and aren’t sure where to start, make the switch for foods that are sprayed more (berries, spinach and broccoli) and slowly transition over to bananas, melons and produce with a thick skin.
By making the choice to eat organic foods, you can avoid and reduce the amount of consumed contaminants including pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and growth hormones. Bite Me Fine Foods range of vegan falafels and bites are all certified by the ACO regulations, and made from locally sourced Aussie produce. Search your nearest stockist to find Bite Me products near you.
Article by Rebecca Sturgess – Nutritionist BHSc (nut med)