I’ve had a couple of emails from people asking me if I really don’t buy organic produce. They seem to think this was a little odd … I guess having a website dedicated to smoothies implies that I should be organic all the way. Nevertheless, I’m not.
I have to admit however, there is one time I always buy organic – and that’s when buying meat. Not something you really want to put in smoothies – so I left it out of my last posting.
The reason I buy organic meat is one of animal welfare and taste – not nutrition and health.
The quality and taste of organic meat (at least in the UK) is a lot better than the intensely farmed produce we see all around us. The pressure to produce really cheap meat does mean that corners have to be cut and we end up feeding and treating these animals abysmally.
I’m not a vegetarian – and never have been – I grew up on a farm and I’m comfortable with killing animals for food. However, I’m not comfortable with the intense factory farming that the industry seems to have adopted.
In my opinion – the best way to support the proper treatment of animals is to buy organic. I’m a sucker for buying meat from named farms – even though I know that a lot of that stuff is made up. It just makes me feel more comfortable buying the meat knowing that those animals probably had a better life.
Of course it helps that I’m lucky enough to be able to afford to buy organic.
However, I am quite comfortable with fruits and vegetables being intensely farmed. They don’t seem to mind it … and seeing a truck load of cabbage being badly handled never gave me nightmares