This is a question we get asked a lot – so for Organic September we thought we would send you our simplest answer.
An apple, or carrot is natural and has not been man-made or synthesized.
However, in the growing process it may have been sprayed with chemicals to keep off bugs and fed with chemical fertilisers to increase yield.
An organic apple or carrot has had NO chemicals sprayed on it – the soil it is grown in has not been polluted with chemical fertilisers.
Yes, it is more expensive to grow the organic way – but chemical avoidance in our diets is increasing necessary as we begin to understand how the build-up of these toxins affects our bodies. We can also help the planet by not killing bees – which is what these insecticides and fertilisers do. Neonicotinioids are a relatively new class of insecticides that impact the central nervous system of insects. Most commonly used in the USA but also in parts of Europe. If it hurts bees, it also hurts us!
Do not forget the skin is the largest organ of the body – so what you put onto your skin goes into your bloodstream (think skin patches). It is therefore equally important to use organic products where possible on your skin.
Using organic means a better planet. It means higher levels of animal welfare, no GMO, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment – this means not just more bees but more wildlife.
You are choosing a better world as well as a healthier body when you choose organic.
Plant a bee friendly garden or bee friendly plant and window tubs. http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/2017/03/27/21-flowers-that-attract-bees/
Marianne’s small garden in Cornwall is full of bees and butterflies – she has planted phlox, sedum, mallow, lavatera, hot-lips, cornflower, marigold, lots of climbers with flowers – different clematis, larkspur, geranium (purple cranesbill type).
It looks a picture!