In addition to tasting fantastic and being packed with health benefits, animal welfare has always been one of the main reasons people opt for organic beef and lamb.
It just makes sense to ensure our delicious natural meat is filled with goodness even before it ends up on our plates, by promoting a fair and healthy life for the animal during its lifetime.
But did you know that there’s a very good reason you should also go organic for the other foods you enjoy with your meat, such as your fruit and vegetables?
Organic crops prohibit the use of fertilisers which, as you may or may not be aware, can have a devastating effect on all aspects of the environment.
Soil acts as the crucial foundation for farms all over the world, and a supply of healthy, additive-free soil is necessary to support all forms of life.
However, fertilisers can cause havoc in the makeup of soil, killing off the vital natural microorganisms that live in it and maintain ideal conditions for plant growth.
The presence of nutrients such as nitrogen in fertilisers can also alter the acidity of soil, hampering its ability to function properly.
Soil is easily penetrated, which means that it is easy for harmful chemicals to make their way to large bodies of water.
This contaminated water can then eventually end up in our bodies, causing serious health hazards such as various forms of cancer.
The impact of fertilisers isn’t limited to the ground and the water though.
Nitrogen is one of the most common greenhouse gases, and any of it not absorbed by the soil can enter the air and add to the global pollution problem.