Welcome to our in-house restaurant, all the vegetables are straight out of the garden and have been grown organically. What does ‘organic’ actually mean and what’s the difference between organic and non-organic fruit, vegetables and animal products?
Organic – a definition
The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that:
‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control’.
**Taken from DEFRA – Crown Copyright
Organic vegetables are much better for your health as there are less harmful chemicals and pesticides. Our bodies are much happier when we consume foods that contain less or no preservatives as it is much easier to digest. Consuming the toxins in our food causes our bodies to become weaker and harms our health in the long term.
Organic agriculture is about a way of farming that pays close attention to nature. It means fewer chemicals on the land such as artificial fertilisers, which can pollute waterways. It means more wildlife and biodiversity, the absence of veterinary medicines such as antibiotics in rearing livestock and the avoidance of genetic modification. Organic farming can also offer benefits for animal welfare, as animals are required to be kept in more natural, free conditions.