Organics

  • What is an Organic Product?
    • An organic product is that which is raised, grown, stored, and/or processed without the use of synthetically- produced chemicals or fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or any other pesticides, growth hormones or growth regulators. Only farmers who produce food according to a set of standards, undergo evaluation by other certified growers, and pass a yearly inspection by a trained independent inspector can label their products certified organic.
  • Why Eat Organic Foods?
    • GM Free
      • European law prohibits the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in any aspect of organic food and farming. This means that organically reared animals are not genetically modified in any way and their feed is free from any genetically modified material.
    • Fewer artificial additives
      • Antibiotics, growth promoters and other additives are added to non-organic meat during the animal's life and while the meat is prepared for consumption. Normal intensive farming methods mean that animals live in overcrowded, unhealthy conditions where disease would quickly spread through the herd were antibiotics not used. Although antibiotics are still used to treat organically reared animals, the healthier living conditions of the animals mean that antibiotics are used prudently to treat specific ailments, rather than as a preventative method.
    • More nutritious
      • Organically reared meat is more nutritious not only because it contains far fewer artificial residues, toxins and additives and has no risk of diseases such as BSE, but also because it contains more naturally occurring minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
    • Better for the environment
      • Organic farming works in harmony with nature. Organic animal feed is grown without pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers, which means there are no damaging toxins released into the environment. Organic farming methods are sustainable - crop rotation allows the soil's fertility to recover naturally. No fossil fuels or other resources are used to create chemicals to fertilize the soil or treat the crops. The lack of pesticides also means that wild plants and animals can happily live in and around organic farms, encouraging biodiversity.
    • Better for the animals
      • For a farm to be registered organic, it must comply with rigorous animal welfare standards. These ensure that the animals are not overcrowded, have comfortable bedding, have access to fields, and are allowed to express their natural behaviour patterns. Livestock are mainly grazed on herb and clover rich grass, rather than processed feed. Organically reared animals lead as natural and healthy lives as possible.
    • Better for your taste buds!
      • Most people who eat organic food do so because they find it tastes nicer than conventionally farmed food. In the case of the meat we sell, this is because of the animal's diet, freedom and well being. Organically raised animals eat herb and clover rich grass, which flavours their meat. They are given freedom to forage, graze and exercise. This makes the meat leaner, denser, less fatty and improves the texture and flavour. The animals are allowed to mature naturally, without growth promoters, which allows flavour to develop. And because the animals live more natural, stress free lives, damaging acids do not build up in the meat and the meat has a better texture.
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