You know that organic veggies are supposed to be better for you, but they tend to be more expensive and harder to find… so you stick with what you can easily pick up at your favourite big name supermarket. After all, how much of a difference can it really make?
Why organic veggies are better for you
Let’s start with the most important thing – organic vegetables taste better. No, really, they do! They have been allowed to grow naturally, with minimal human (or chemical!) intervention, so retain all of their flavour.
The gentler way of growing also means that they also keep more of their natural nutrients. When compared to veggies grown on a modern, conventional farm, organic vegetables have been shown to have higher levels of important vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C (which you need for healthy skin and bones) and Magnesium (which is used in a wide range of critical bodily functions.
Add to this the lack of harsh chemical residues, genetic modifications, and artificial additives, and it’s clear that organic veggies are a great investment in your good health.
Why organic veggies are better for the planet
You’re probably aware that conventional farming methods use a bunch of pesticides and synthetic fertilisers to produce the biggest crops possible. But did you know that, in addition to staying around in the produce (and, ultimately, ending up in your body), these chemicals often end up in local waterways? This can have a major impact on local animal and plant life, particularly at the high concentrate some crops ‘require’.
When you choose organic, you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals ending up where they don’t belong. What’s more, organic crops are rotated regularly, which helps avoid stripping the soil of its important nutrients – which can be a real problem for conventional farms. So, while crop sizes may be smaller, the farm environment is much healthier, and will continue to be for years to come.
Where to buy organic vegetables in Sydney
One of the many brilliant things about living in Sydney is that organic produce is easy to buy when you know where to look.
Obviously directly from the farmer is the best approach. However, this may be a little unrealistic unless you’re lucky enough to live near a great small-scale farm or farmer’s market.
As an alternative, look for organic health food stores that stock produce that’s labelled ‘certified organic’ – like Wholefood House. This means that the producer has been independently assessed and meets the Australian organic food production standards. This is particularly important as the use of the term ‘organic’ is not regulated in Australia, so any producer can put it on any product, regardless of how it was grown.
At Wholefood House, we believe it’s important to not only eat organic, but to also support local businesses. That’s why we work with local small-scale farmers to bring their high-quality produce to the people of Sydney. Just think how good you’ll feel knowing your dinner veg is supporting a small, family run small business.