What is means to be eat (and live) organically, and why it’s so important to the owners.
According to Wikipedia, organic food means “…food produced by methods that comply with the standards of organic farming. Standards vary worldwide, but organic farming in general features practices that strive to cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Organizations regulating organic products may restrict the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers in farming. In general, organic foods are also usually not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or synthetic food additives.”
Sounds simple enough, but why are the owners so insistent on having only organic foods wherever possible? The answer is health and taste.
Certain pesticides and fertilisers used in farming, whilst fantastic for keeping away bugs, pests and insects, are also harmful to the human body. There are arguments and standards for what is considered an acceptable level of chemicals, but for some, those levels are too high. The result? An allergic reaction.
There’s organic and there’s certified organic. What’s the difference? According to Australian Organic, “consumers cannot be guaranteed that a product is organic unless it displays an organic certification logo such as the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo. An organic certification logo protects consumers from misleading claims and is the mark of a genuine organic product which has been audited all along the production chain from paddock to plate to comply with strict organic standards.”
Now, we’re no experts in chemistry or biology, but if ingesting foods that contain these chemicals cause an allergic reaction, and avoiding them results in the allergy disappearing, logic tells us that it must be the chemicals that are at fault. And surely, eating foods that are in their most purest form has to be better than something modified or mutilated, right?
It might just be preference, but we’ve also found that organic food tastes better than the alternatives. It seems to cook slightly differently too. For example, we use organic basmati rice, and found that it doesn’t go gluggy like its non-organic version, and it doesn’t dry out as fast either. We also think it tastes slightly better than non-organic, but hey, that’s just our opinion. And since we’re the ones buying the ingredients that are used in what we serve at the cafe, we’ll continue to use organic ingredients wherever possible.
If you’re keen to go the organic path too, you can start out small and just get a few pantry items that are organic, like spices or beans. The closest place to the cafe to get organic pantry items, is The Source Bulk Foods Glebe which is just two blocks up the road.
Yours in good food and health,The Real Grounded Team
There are more natural ways of keeping pests off plants and produce. For instance, some types of flowers can keep pests away from produce, when planted around or in between them. And whilst finding a garden snail in your freshly bought greens is not ideal, it is a good sign of low pesticide use.
There are lots of articles and information on alternatives to pesticides, but here’s a starting point: Natural Methods for Deterring Garden Pests