September is Organic Food Month and this has got us quite excited at Lakeside. We’re big believers in organically cultivated comestibles so wherever possible the ingredients we use in our restaurant are organic and, of course, locally sourced. Take the fresh apples in the photo above for example – Head Chef Paul picked them less than a mile from our restaurant and they’ll be used in our apple jelly. We’ve put together a few reasons why we love organic food so much. Enjoy!

Health Benefits

The production of organic food and drink is tightly regulated by several governing bodies, a list that includes The Department for Environment and the Soil Association. These organisations have put a lid on the use of potentially harmful chemicals in the growing of organic crops. According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, not using these harmful chemicals can increase the levels of antioxidants in organic produce by more than half, compared to non-organic produce. This means an organic eater can double their intake of antioxidants – a range of healthy substances, including vitamins, that occur in living things – without increasing their intake of food.

Animal Welfare

It’s a sad fact, but the animals we produce to eat are normally bottom of the food chain when it comes to living conditions. Animals reared on organic farms however, benefit from strict guidelines that put their welfare first. Animals on organic farms have constant access to plenty of open space and pasture. The use of hormones on animals is prohibited, as is the habitual use of antibiotics. All this adds up to happier, healthier farmyard creatures.

Taste

Taste is generally a matter of, well, taste. But there is strong evidence to suggest that organic produce is more agreeable to the mouth than non-organic equivalents. The smell of organic food has been found to be stronger and the taste more intense, while its texture is considered more palatable. A reason for this could be that organic food is not treated with any chemicals to increase its shelf life so it has to be transported and prepared without delay – as a result it tends to be fresher when it reaches your plate.

Care for the Environment and Nature

Soil erosion and contamination of natural water systems are just two of the negative side-effects that intensive farming can have on the environment. Conversely, organic farming can actually help the environment. Positive effects organic farming can have on its surroundings include the creation of living soil – which is more resistant to flooding and draught – and the promotion of soil’s natural fertility.

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