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Why Organic?

Our aim is simple - to source naturally occurring ingredients to ensure we use the kindest possible produce for our Rascals and the planet. In return, we aim to support and celebrate the communities that provide us with these wondrous products.

Using organic food in particular reduces your carbon footprint; 30% of the average consumer’s carbon footprint comes from their choice of foods. According to the British Journal of Nutrition on the 14th July 2014, there are significant differences in the nutritional content of organic and non-organic crops.

Organic food is proven to be better for your health and well-being due to the higher amounts of beneficial vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. By avoiding the use of pesticides and controversial additives (or nasties as we like to call them), organic food contains higher levels of vitamin C and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and cancer fighting anti-oxidants as well as Omega 3 for brain development.

Animal welfare is at the heart of organic food systems. Organic food standards for meat and animal products are rigorously protect all aspects of animal wellbeing including rearing, feeding and shelter. Organic animals are free to pursue natural behaviour because they have plenty of outside space to thrive and grow. Organic standards guarantee truly free-range lives for farm animals, making them much happier!

The Soil Association’s Gold Catering Mark guarantees you that the animals have been reared to the highest level of free-range standards. Birds are looked after in much smaller flocks and spend most of their lives roaming outside on fresh grass and have much more space in their houses.
In the past decade, research has shown us that children absorb more food and water per pound of body weight than adults, so any exposure if greater in proportion to their size. Pesticides and chemicals can have a greater effect on a child’s bodily systems than they are to adult bodies.

Most organic produce are free from pesticide residues something that conventionally grown produce is not.  Whatever we do or don’t know about threshold levels for harm, most people would agree that food with no poison is better for children’s developing minds and bodies than food with some.

The latest findings from the Pesticide Residues Committee programme show that 74% of fruit and vegetables destined for schools contained pesticides, with 50% containing multiple residues.

Start by swapping to organic milk – a small change for a big difference

According to research by the Soil Association, organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, antioxidants and omega-3 essential fatty acids than non-organic. This is thought to be due to the natural diet of organic cows, who have access to fresh grass and clover. The research showed that on average, organic milk is 50% higher in vitamin E, 75% higher in beta carotene (which our bodies convert to vitamin A), and 2-3 times higher in certain antioxidants and 40% lower in the more dangerous saturated fats than standard milk.

How we eat and what we eat, what we buy in the supermarkets, what we do with our time, how we treat people, how we think… all this has an impact on the environment.

You can start making a positive impact today by switching to supporting ethical companies.

How many of you know how many pesticides you put in your mouth every day? An average apple, which we think is good for us, has around 20 to 30 pesticides on the skin even after rinsing.

Trust your instincts and go organic!

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