Malcolm Rands: Organics week

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Sep 2021, 11:35AM
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Malcolm Rands: Organics week

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 18 Sep 2021, 11:35AM

This week is organics week, which is a chance to look at what organic actually means.  
 
What is it good for us? It’s about what’s NOT in a product, rather than what is. Organic farmers don’t use synthetic chemicals including fertilizers, pesticides, weed sprays and antibiotics. The products are also free of GMOs and artificial ingredients. Eating organic drastically reduces your exposure to pesticides. Many studies have now shown the health risk from pesticides and especially important for pregnant women and children. 
 
Why is it good for the environment? Organics creates less pollution, especially protecting the health of our waterways. Good organic soils store significant amounts of carbon which is so important in our fight against climate change. 
 
But it’s too expensive! Latest research shows it’s only 7.5% more expensive than conventional food. And there’s ways to make it cheaper. Firstly, eat quality but less of it. For example the cheap chicken or bacon has a much higher water content. Being tricked into thinking you have more is rife in the grocery industry. You can also grow your own. Fresh vegetables, minutes from being picked out of your own organic garden, is like a health explosion. You won’t need those supplements if you eat fresh organic nutrient dense food. 
 
It’s good for our economy. The Organic sector is a fast and sustainable growth area for NZ exports. Many countries are looking for safer foods. 
 
How do you know if something is organic? Organics has an international certification system. Certified producers are audited every year by respected certifiers, who themselves are audited by international peers. 

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