No. 10 goes organic

Posted on: 2 Oct 2009 by: Chris

The garden of the white house is organic and following closely behind is Gordon Brown’s patch. Recommendations from the Soil Association have encouraged Number 10 to introduce the natural approach to gardening. 

Organic gardening promotes a healthy benefit for bees

Organic gardening promotes a healthy benefit for bees

Sarah Brown’s recent changes have been praised by the soil association-both Organic food production and bee friendly flowers have been added to Number 10.  Since this turn around there is even speculation of renaming the infamous “Britain in Bloom” to “Britain in natural bloom” with the hope of reducing harmful pesticides, especially neonicotinoids, from effecting the counties bee population.  This would also present the flower growers with a new challenge – many consider spraying pesticides and steroid like fertilizers to be a short cut in the art of flower growing.

Benefit now by going organic

1)  Your health and wellbeing- Organic food is much more nutrient dense, it contains significantly more beneficial minerals, essential amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Organic milk for example is 68% higher in omega 3 essential fatty acids.

2)  Animal Welfare – Most people don’t know that by being organic it is automatically free range! Organic standards are vigorous regarding their regulation of the way animals are reared fed and slaughtered – animals are given plenty outdoor space so they can behave as naturally as possible. Organic standards prevent cruelty and stop animally being constantly drugged with antibiotics.

3)  Wildlife Flourishes – Organic farms have up to 50 percent more wildlife than their non organic counterparts- meaning that birds, insects and plants can coexist in farms. In fact they are actively encouraged, hedgehogs love to eat slugs, and worms and insects help to aerate the soil.

4)  GM Free – Genetically modified crops are not permitted on Organic farms. Furthermore, GM ingredients and animal feed are not permitted – currently over one million tonnes of GM animal feed is imported every year to feed non Organic animals.

5)Cost savings – Well, like most people you may think that Organic food is vastly more expensive than non organic, however the reality is not quite so true. Yes a pint of Organic milk may cost around 25% more, but you can get much more than 25% more nutritional value, meaning that the nutrition you get per pence can actually be higher with Organic food.

 

 

About Chris

Chris attended one of the leading edge environmental colleges in the US. He can be found out back with the veg - a simple chap who loves sport, music and good food.

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