What is organic food?
Organic foods are crops or animal products produced without synthetic chemicals, pesticides, or artificial fertilisers during the farming process. It also means that produce is not genetically modified using bioengineered genes (GMO's). This results in producing organic foods that are healthier and kinder to your body!
Organic livestock, such as meat, dairy, and eggs, require that the animals be raised in natural conditions and be able to graze on natural pastures or eat organic food. Therefore, they are not given any chemicals, antibiotics or growth hormones.
Organic foods are not always guaranteed to be completely chemical-free. Still, they do have the lowest amount of pesticide residue when compared to foods that have been farmed using synthetic chemicals.
You should always look for organic foods that are labelled 'certified organic' by one of the seven Departments of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), as these are accredited certifying organisations. In this way, you can be assured you are buying the best quality organic produce, just like the high standard of food available at Maloneys Grocer, organic supermarkets based in Sydney!
Up until the 1920s, food was always produced naturally, without the use of chemicals or fertilisers. But, after the Second World War, the whole farming process was changed drastically with the discovery that chemicals could be used to kill pests and insects that often attacked farmers' crops. These chemicals that began to be introduced into our food, although helpful in the farming process, can potentially damage our bodies and cause serious health issues such as weak immune systems, headaches, and even birth defects.