All About Organic Food

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.
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Home Gutter Maintenance

Cleaning gutters can be a daunting and dreaded task, but as we'll see in this article, it's a must! So read on to know more: How do I know if gutters need cleaning? Maybe the easiest way to see if your gutters need cleaning, without going up onto the roof, of course, is by looking up on a rainy day! If you see that the rain is flowing from anywhere except the drainpipe. If so, gutter cleaning is needed. But let's look at the other telltale signs: 1. Gutter sagging: You need to clean your gutters, so they don't clog with leaves and other dirt. Once they are blocked, the water can no longer flow away. So for every litre of water stuck in the gutter, 1 kilo is added. On long gutters, that, plus other debris, can sum up to a lot of weight! That extra weight causes extra stress, which can eventually break the guttering and cause it to sag. 2. Stained walls: After a rainy day, if you see streaks of dirt or unusual stains under your gutters, then chances are that the water is running over, bringing dirt along with it, as it has nowhere else to go. 3. Larger than usual puddles: The whole point of gutters is to take the water away from your house. If you see big puddles around your home, it could be a sign that the gutters are no longer taking that water away!
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