Organic food, what is it?

We see and hear the word 'Organic' everywhere these days, but what does it actually mean? We put you in the know.

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Organic farming explained.

Organic food is produced using farming methods which comply with the standards of organic farming. Although standards vary worldwide, organic farming features practices that cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

Organisations throughout the world regulate and may restrict the use of certain pesticides and fertilisers in the farming methods used to produce such products. Organic foods typically are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives. Organic products sold within the EU are regulated by the European requirements for organic production which are set by Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 defining the aims, objectives and principles of organic farming and production, and by two implementing regulations (No 889/2008 and No 1235/2008) detailing the organic production, labelling, control and import rules. More information can be found at 'becoming an organic farmer' on the European Commission website.

Just a fad or a better choice?

Some people believe that organic food is merely fad, a marketing ploy to entice customers to spend more money in the belief that they are getting a 'healthier product'. The reality however is that from an environmental perspective, fertilising, overproduction and the use of pesticides in conventional farming has caused, and is causing, enormous damage worldwide to local ecosystems, biodiversity, groundwater and drinking water supplies, and sometimes farmer's health and fertility. Organic farming is better for the environment and the wildlife, who can ingest toxins from a polluted environment.

Demand for organic foods is increasing as we become more knowledgeable about personal health and the environment. At Monk Nutrition, we believe that organic foods are the best for several reasons and there is ever-growing evidence of their health benefits. By eating an organic diet, you reduce the amount of toxins, additives and colouring's that you ingest, and this reduces the stress put on major organs, as they don’t have to work as hard to extract these toxins from your body. Monk Nutrition choose to use organically farmed ingredients wherever possible, as we believe this offers the healthiest and cleanest products for our customers. View our range of plant-based organic energy gels which contain no additives, designed for performance and packed full of natural flavours.

Organic ingredient sourcing.

We use the best organic food suppliers from around the world. Our suppliers work to ISO9001, BRC, IFS standards and often work directly with the organic farmers at source across the globe, helping them to reach the stringent regulated standards for organic products. They support their businesses and boost the local economies with increased employment, encouraging more people to move to organic farming methods. Organic food farming is more costly and typically produces smaller yields than conventional farming methods, however with increased investment and interest in organic food, small farmers are now able to reach out across the world and supply us with natures finest high-quality ingredients.

There are many conflicting arguments regarding organic vs conventionally farmed foods, however we firmly believe that the closer to nature the better, and we will continue to produce organic products for our customers wherever possible.

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