Making the switch to organic

1 Mar

I’m in the process of switching to organic food. This was brought on by seeing the documentary Food, Inc. and growing increasingly concerned about the corporatisation of our food supply. My reasons for organic are multiple – reducing pesticide exposure, avoiding GM foods (for political reasons), and supporting organic farmers, who are (generally) smaller producers.

We have been getting our fruit and vegies, dairy, meat and some groceries from a great company called Lettuce Deliver. They have so far been reliable and responsive to feedback. Every week I get a seasonal fruit and veg box that I can modify, 6 litres of biodynamic milk, various cheeses and meat. I have also been buying organic flour in 5 kilogram bags (mainly for breadmaking). I love the fact that I know where my food comes from. I knew, for example, that Maurice Franklin had literally picked my bananas up off the ground at Mission Beach after Cyclone Yasi.

It is more expensive. But having such a great range of fresh food in the house is making us eat better, and eat less. I am also using animal products less, because organic butter, cheese and meat are really expensive. Normally I need to put P on a diet after Christmas each year to keep his weight down, but this year it has been trending down without even trying. Considering we have been eating meat only 2-3 times a week, I guess it’s not surprising.

I hope that over time as my garden is producing more I will need to order less, but so far, so good.

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3 Responses to “Making the switch to organic”

  1. Sarah March 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I think your mindset changes when you spend that bit extra on organic food, particularly fresh produce. You don’t want to waste it, and so make the most of it. Unlike supermarket vegies, which don’t look as nice by the time you get home, and often end up spoiling at the bottom of the fridge.

    • L March 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

      I agree. Several meals over the past few weeks have been stir fried vegetables, just so I don’t waste any of the fresh food. Most of the time we don’t even have rice or carbohydrates with it. Just vegetables. No wonder P is losing weight! Funny though – nothing (apart from stonefruit) has actually gone bad – it lasts really well.

  2. Sarah March 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    http://www.gourmet-organics.com.au/shop1.php

    This is where lettuce deliver get most of their herbs and spices – but here’s the full range – thought you’d like it.

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