Why Eating Organic is Better – Organic September
This month is Organic September – a month-long campaign in the UK that aims to raise awareness around organic products, brands and farming that’s looked after by the Soil Association. Given we’re all-organic here at Tom Pom, we wanted to share a few of our thoughts on why eating organic is better and some background as to what it means. So, here we go:
What is different about organic farming?
Organic farmers aren’t allowed to use pesticides which kill insects and other pests. They also can’t use herbicides to control weeds or fungicides to combat fungal diseases. Instead, they use a natural balance of plants and animals to control pests.
As they can’t use synthetic fertisilers either for the soil, they use rotational crops, compost, manure and green manure to keep the soil rich in nutrients.
What does organic farming mean for animals?
Farms that are certified organic must adhere to a strict, high animal welfare standard. This includes everything from living conditions i.e. space to roam and fresh air, to the feed that’s supplied, to the way they’re transported and humane slaughter.
What are the benefits of buying organic?
Firstly, biodiversity. We have less spiders, bugs and bees around now because of everything we spray on our plants which has a huge impact on our ecosystem – from disrupting the food chain to reducing plant pollination. Organic farming doesn’t permit pesticides, allowing biodiversity to recover and thrive.
Secondly, organic food has different nutritional values to non-organic food. For example, organic dairy has more omega-3 fatty acids which are important for healthy heart development. Organically produced crops such as cereals, fruit and vegetables have also been found to contain up to 68% (!) more antioxidants than non-organic crops.
Lastly, your food is cleaner! Organic fruit and vegetables contain lower concentrations of pesticides and have fewer additives and preservatives, including artificial colours.
At Tom Pom Organic we’re proud to supply only the best all-organic ingredients in our rings and purées, from handpicked, small suppliers. Choosing the right suppliers to make trusted, organic first meals for little ones is serious business. Our cold-press olive oil comes from Mr. Mura’s farm in Valencia, where he picks and presses the oil himself, guaranteeing product origin and small-batch eco-friendly processing. Our quinoa is sourced from a free trade, organic supplier that purchases it exclusively from Lake Titicaca in Peru for 10% above market price, which in turn supports the community. Our fruit and vegetables are chosen just for Tom Pom Organic by one of London’s premier organic suppliers, always purchasing British when available.