What is ‘Organic’?

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Over here at GIF HQ we believe people have the right to know where their foods comes from and how its produced, so they can make more informed decisions about what they consume. When we talk about the food system, the words monoculture, pesticides, and industrialization are ones that many people would use to define some of the negative things about conventional agriculture. However every single one of these words can be applied to ‘organic’ too.

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That’s right; ‘organic’ doesn’t necessarily mean pesticide free. In fact, there is no one single definition of ‘organic’ and many certificating bodies differ regarding what inputs they allow and what they don’t.

There is no limit on how big organic farms can be and many practice the same large scale monoculture which leads to loss of biodiversity that conventional farms do. Certain pesticides that are derived from natural products (like sulphur) are permissible in organic farming practices. But natural doesn’t always equal safe for consumers, or for the farmers using them.

So, whilst this isn’t intended to put you off eating organic – there are some wonderful organic farms trying to produce food that’s better for our health, the environment and those producing it – it is a reminder for us to look beyond the assumptions and behind the label if we’re really interested in what we’re eating.

And, just to put your mind at ease, all our vegetables from Sarongge are produced without any chemical input –just all natural compost that comes from food scraps, plant cuttings, and manure from goats and rabbits. This way we’re replicating nature’s model of turning waste into nutrients!


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