In the 21st century, there has been a boom in the amount of health food stores we see surfacing on our streets, a rise in the health-conscious and vegan-friendly restaurant and juice bars, and an incline in people who desire to live a healthier and happier life;

Most fruit and vegetables sold now are required by government legislation to be entirely organic, and so too in that spirit are people looking toward organically sourced and free-range food.

What Is Organic Food?

Organic food is the product of farmers who are conscientious of renewable resources and hold the importance of soil conservation and water quality close to their hearts. An organic food is devoid of any synthetic ingredients, nasty fertilizers, or pesticides sprayed on the grass the animals graze on. There are many conditions that need to be met before a product can receive organic labeling. This is one of the many government legislations formulated to enforce and provide the community with genuine organic food that is removed from any harmful additives. For a supermarket or butcher to label their food as organic they must have government approval and certification.

Multiple companies and butchers all boasting to have organically raised meat has sprung up, more so in the last few years, with the health boom as previously mentioned; According to the professionals at a simple philosophy of treating animals well, treat people well, and treat the land well, is all that is needed to raise and rear organic meats. If only more companies had this shared rhetoric.

What Are The Best Places to Purchase Organic Food?

Thankfully, organic meat has to be labeled with a seal of approval, so it is easier to be conscientious of what meat you’re eating; organic meat is over-packaged in green plastic so it is distinctive amongst your usual supermarket cuts. If you are not so enthusiastic about purchasing meat from the supermarket, then thankfully you are able to go ahead and ordinarily buy organic meat from your butchers in person.

If you again wish not to buy from your butchers you will be delighted to find out that there are innumerable companies offering to have boxes of meat hand-delivered to your door chock full of organic goodness. This is a very new fad that would have appeared foreign many years ago; you can have a box of frozen meat delivered within twenty-four hours to your front door. Crazy, right?

Well, crazy as it is, it’s true! And, often, when you purchase organic meat online and have it delivered to your house you receive a woolen insulation blanket inside the packaging to keep the food cool. Isn’t that great?

Isn’t it Expensive?

Isn’t it expensive, I hear you ask? Well, yes, admittedly it can cost more than your average meat, but only by a few pounds or dollars; that few pounds or dollars ensure the quality of meat you could not get from your average dollar packet of chicken. When purchasing organic food, you are directly supporting organic farms, farms that help to cultivate a healthy ecosystem and support our wildlife and Mother Earth. If we do not become more aware of what we are doing to the Earth, then terrible things will befall us; we see plagues and mass starvation, all from the ill-treatment of Earth.

Unfortunately, it is often not even our generation that has to pick up the pieces of our wanton destruction of Earth, rather the generation of our children who are left to deal with the consequences of our inconsiderate and ruthless actions, and those of our parent’s generation, and their generation.

What Does Organic Food Mean For The Animals?

Unfortunately, organic food does not necessarily mean a better life for the animals you eat. Many farmers and landowners treat the animals terribly. There have been reports of visits to organic farms where the animals were in a worse condition than the animals of factory farms – it is imperative that to cultivate a culture of like minded and Earth-friendly people, that we must treat our animals as equals; regardless of whether or not we will eat them, they should be treated with kindness and compassion. They too are alive and breathe the same air as us.

The fact that they are bred solely for us to eat them is even more of a reason to treat them with compassion and acts of kindness. Often there is a rhetoric that animals don’t feel pain, but they certainly do, whether emotional or not, studies have not yet shown. But it is important that when picking an organic farm that you pick one that is kind to their animals and doesn’t treat them like objects.