ORGANIC! Just like us, you’ll have your own reasons for choosing organic.
You may be concerned about:
- the impact of industrial chemicals on your health;
- the environmental footprint of the food you purchase;
- the implications of genetic modification on the food we consume;
- the volume of food wasted because it doesn’t meet supermarket aesthetics;
- or, maybe you just prefer the flavours and textures of organically grown produce.
These are some of the reasons we chose to implement organic practices at the Real Food Culture Farm and work with suppliers doing the same thing.
The nutrition you get from food can only be as good as the environment its grown in. Organic farming systems promote improving soil health and don’t use chemical fertilisers but instead invest in organic compound matter. Organic farming also eliminated the use of synthetic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides unlike conventional farming. Organic farming also tends to have less mono-culture and promotes bio-diverse ecosystems via crop rotation, companion planting and green manure crops. Organic farming also does not use genetically modified organisms. In meat, poultry and dairy farming this will also ensure no hormones, antibiotics and drugs are present.
Food grown in healthier soil, with natural fertilisers and no harmful chemicals, is quite simply more nutritious and less dangerous to your health. When food is grown organically its kept closer to it’s natural state. Its richer in nutrition; vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants, This is the kind of food that has the ability to heal, nourish and delight, and this philosophy is the heart and soul of whole food cooking – something we love promoting at Real Food Culture.
There are even more good reasons to grow organically.
- Promotion of Biodiversity; all living and interacting in a natural environment.
- The Food Culture of Agriculture; embracing the heritage of farming and forging a connection between the food we eat and the earth it has sprung from. It’s about understanding the cycle of life and enjoying foods when they’re in season and at their natural best.
- Supporting the Local Economy; Organic farms are generally smaller than conventional operations. They tend to be run by local families who have vested interests in the economic sustainability of their region, with profits from their business being reinvested back into the local community.
Of course, there are many other wonderful benefits to be had from growing organically, but these are some of the most important to us.
We try to do our part to contribute to the sustainability.
- We recycle and reuse our packaging wherever possible. We use cardboard boxes to line our non did gardens on the farm. We give boxes to local farmers to pack produce in. We even repack orders into used boxes. We also get our delivery customers to return there foam boxes so we can reuse them over and over again.
- We shred our paper copies of orders and picking sheets and reuse them as padding in our pantry wholefood orders.
- We utilise compost on our farm which has been created from food scraps collected from Newcastle restaurants and unwanted tree mulch.