This September Eat Well with Organic September and British Food Fortnight
As a Nutritionist and Naturopath it is in my workday to help guide people to better food choices. Within my own time, I live for food. I totally love everything about it and am excited to have recently read about British Food Fortnight in a local door drop magazine.
Here is the article that I read and want to share with you in the hope that you will embrace it too.
British food Fortnight
Held in the autumn at the same time as harvest festival. British Food Fortnight is an established annual event run by the team behind Love British Food. It celebrates all that is great about food produced here on our doorstep. Each year hundreds of schools, hospitals, restaurants, pubs and workplaces take part using British Food Fortnight as a tool to get people excited about the diversity of food we have in this country and how to cook it. This year British Food Fortnight runs from 22nd September to 7th October.
It’s easy for anyone to take part in British Food Fortnight, whether in your community, online, or simply your own home. Even the smallest thing makes a big difference. Here are some ideas:
- When you are shopping make a special effort to seek out British Food. Pause when you select your food from the supermarket aisle. Look at the label. Does it tell you where the food has come from? Does it provide a description of who produced it? And if it is imported, is there a British equivalent in-season?
- Shop in local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and markets that source locally and will be able to tell you a little about the person who produced the food you are purchasing.
- Seek out food in season – look for, for example, the English plum, marrow and squashes, which are in season during British Food fortnight.
- Ask the caterers who provide the food for your staff or school restaurant if they will consider serving distinctly – British produce. This could take the form of a special seasonal section on the menu.
- Explore food from different regions of Britain as a fun way of experiencing our culture and heritage
- Visit your local Co-op store. (It is the original author of this article). Co-op invests in the UK economy so that British Food has pride of place on their shelves.
Organic means working with nature. It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment, which means more wildlife. The Soil Association promotes buying, using and wearing organic clothing, with a special focus every September, to remind consumers of the importance of shopping consciously and understanding that investing in organic is actually investing in your health and what could be more important than that?
Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year and the standards for organic food are laid down in European law.
Why buy organic?
– Almost 300 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and are often present in non- organic foods
– Hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are banned under organic standards
– Organic means the very highest standards of animal welfare and animals reared without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers
– Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterfies – there is up to 50% more wildlife on organic farms
– No system of farming does more to reduce green house gas emissions from agriculture and protect natural resources
– + 1 million tonnes of GM crops are imported each year to feed non organic lifestock, organic animals can’t be fed on GM feed.