Keeping Your Food and the Environment Cleaner and Safer
What is Clean Food? (And it doesn’t just mean food that’s been washed!) In this very brief clip Laura Masterson gives a short sharp perspective on what clean food means to her as an urban farmer.
I totally agree with Laura’s simple answer that organic defines what clean food actually is. Why? Because no synthetic or man made chemicals have been used in it’s growth or production processes. As Laura says, this should be a minimum standard for our crops and livestock. Who wants to eat food that contains substances that shouldn’t be there and have no reason to be there? Who knows the long term effects of consuming chemical residues day in day out?
But it doesn’t stop at leaving the bad and dangerous out of our food supply. As Laura points out, we can do so much more to improve the quality of the food we eat and the place we live in. Minimising wastage, reducing soil and water erosion, harnessing the benefits of crop rotation and cover cropping are all opportunities that are freely available. Helping create habitats for beneficial insects and wildlife is also part of this philosophy.
Ultimately clean food, says Laura, “is an umbrella term for all the best practises you can use”.
So bear in mind, when you’re deciding whether to spend a few extra pence or cents on an organic product, you are not simply buying the product, you’re also buying the best natural practices that have gone into its production. You are buying something that hasn’t hurt the environment, rather it has benefited the planet. Organic living is about working with nature, not fighting it, to produce what you need cleanly and greenly.
Filed under: Organic Farming
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