Posted on 8th Apr 2016
Over recent times it has slowly become a bit of a minefield for when it comes to shopping Organic. Supermarkets labels and adverts do like promoting buzz words such as Natural and Organically grown, but unfortunately this does not actually mean the produce is really organic.
Any label worth reading should display ‘100% Organic’. Now with this global upsurge in consumers buying more organic foods, people are actually going to great lengths to ensure that what they consume is not just nutritional but also not dangerous for them at the same time.
I have like many never really sat down and contemplated how my food is actually grown or produced, but as we grow wiser we do indeed take more heed not only after ourselves but also for our children, who depend on us to hunt and forage for them. Thankfully our spear throwing days are well over, but nowadays our hunting is done via shopping so we have simply exchanged spears for supermarket trolleys.
Start off by having a good knowledge and understanding of what is actually on offer in your supermarkets. Especially in regards to their varieties, ranges, information availability and accessibility because all supermarkets seem to offer different levels of information regarding organic and conventional farmed foods. Remember “knowledge is power!”
I personally go a little insane in supermarkets spending hours trying to read labels on fruit, yes fruit! Then the rebellious part of me thinks that these peaches should be free from any packaging, and I start picturing myself freeing them. I want to stimulate my senses, by touching and smelling , a kind of foreplay with my food before actually deciding which fruit has tickled my fancy.
Supermarkets do try and to mesmerise you with exotic Wow factors; “Produced in Timbuktu” for goodness sake. Crazy really if you stop to think about it. These are tools supermarkets use to dazzle you with images of the country where the fruit let’s say was produced. But the photo on the pack will not be from the actual field where it was picked. Oh no, more likely that the picture will be taken from that country’s most glamorous spots. Nevertheless I’m still stood there in supermarket aisles checking and trying to read if there are any manmade fertilisers (if shown and believe me they hardly bother), checking if the produce has any synthetic additives too. It’s almost impossible for a consumer to identify chemically treated food. There are no easy methods to detect harmful chemicals in the produce. The methods available are very complex, time consuming and quite expensive. However the majority of produce in supermarket shelves are not even conventionally grown anyway, most are now hydroponically grown.
Personally I believe the proof is in the lush organic fruit pudding so to speak. ask? whether it’s just me, or more and more of my friends, associates, even family gradually agree that even they can taste the difference, especially if organically grown. Thankfully we all know by now, that we are indeed what we eat. I have an African friend who once told me many years ago, “My friend, consider food as your Medicine!”