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.
Although the Organic food movement began in the early 1900s, the term 'Organic Farming' was initially introduced in 1939 by Lord Northbourne, or Walter James as he was also known. He was a graduate of agriculture at Oxford University and had a life-long love for and experience of farming. In his book, 'Look To The Land', Northbourne highlighted how our health and well-being are highly dependent on the soil and how our food is grown and produced. In other words, we are what we eat! So we need to make sure the food we eat is good for us, to nourish both our mind and our bodies, which is something that Maloney's Grocer agrees with wholeheartedly.
Because of the increase in the use of chemicals and insecticides in farming, the organic food movement began to search for healthier, more sustainable, and chemical-free methods to solve the various problems that come with farming, such as soil depletion, crop quality, and pest control.
Fast forward to our modern-day, the organic farming movement has improved tremendously and is constantly finding innovative new ways to protect crops, minimise chemical use, and improve crop quality. This ensures that when you buy organic food, you are purchasing the highest quality produce that has been farmed using the safest and most effective methods.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of organic food?
There is an abundance of benefits to eating organic food. The most important benefit, of course, is that organic food is better for us, because of the absence of chemicals, hormones and pesticides. It can also have a higher nutritional content, including higher vitamin C and mineral levels, all essential things that our body needs to function well.
Organic meat and animal products are also an excellent option, as organic livestock are not pumped full of antibiotics and hormones. This way, we protect our bodies from the various health and hormonal issues that can come from consuming these substances.
Organic food is also a more ethical option. Organic livestock is often raised with lots of outdoor space to run around, and the treatment of these animals is humane and caring.
A common disadvantage of organic food is that it can often be less accessible and pricier, which can sadly discourage many people from trying it.
That's why many grocers like Maloneys Grocer strive to provide high-quality, locally sourced organic food without a high price tag, helping more people to gain access to better food!
To find more information on the benefits of Organic Food, you should visit the government Better Health website, where you can find further reliable and informative articles about organic food!
Finding Organic Recipes To Try!
And now, the really fun part... Trying out some exciting organic recipes to see how nourishing and delicious organic food can be!
There is nothing better than enjoying a tasty meal with friends and family. So give yourself and your loved ones the best quality experience by using organic produce the next time you cook.
The internet is full of incredible recipes to try using organic produce, like the one below that you can find at The Organic Center website, along with many more yummy meal and dessert ideas.
HAND-CUT PASTA AND PESTO
Ingredients for Pasta:
3 large organic eggs and 2 egg yolks
2 cups of Plain flour
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 teaspoons of sea salt
Ingredients for Pesto:
2 cups of fresh organic rocket/arugula
1 cup fresh organic basil, leaving some for a garnish
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small lemon
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes
1/2 cup fresh parmesan, grated
1. Mix together the whole eggs, egg yolks, flour, olive oil, and salt. Start on low then slowly raise the speed to medium. Knead the dough until smooth, this will be approximately 5 minutes. If the dough looks a bit sticky, you can add a little more flour as needed.
2. Take out of the mixing bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface for 2-3 minutes, before shaping into a ball and wrapping in plastic. Let dough rest at room temperature for 1 hour or more.
3. While the dough is resting, you can prepare the pesto. In a blender, add the rocket, basil, walnuts, olive oil, the zest and juice of the lemon, garlic, salt, pepper and chilli flakes. Blend this on high power until it is smooth and a nice vibrant green colour. Stir in the grated parmesan.
4. Boil a large pan of water and add a little salt.
5. While you are waiting for the water to boil, you can prepare the pasta shapes. Cut off 1/4 of the dough. Roll the dough into a long, 1/2-inch thick rope. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces then roll into little spheres. Use a fork to roll the sphere down the fork and over itself to form a pasta that looks like gnocchi. Do the same with the rest of the dough.
6. Cook the pasta in the boiling water for about 7-9 minutes.
7. While the pasta is cooking, add the pesto to a medium-sized pan and cook on medium heat. Once the pasta is cooked, you can add it directly to the pesto pan, mix, and add a little of the starchy water from the pasta pan if it looks too thick.
8. Serve and top with more parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil!
If you are looking for the best place to buy organic, you will find a wide range of top-quality foods at Maloneys Grocer, the organic supermarkets based in Sydney! All their products are ethically and locally sourced from Australian organic farmers to provide fresh, seasonal produce. You will find the best organic fruit, vegetables, and other fresh foods all in one convenient location at our organic supermarkets in Sydney.
So, if you're searching for an organic grocery store near me, try Maloneys Grocery
Address: 4/490 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9331 3811