Going organic

No doubt you’ve heard the term “organic” lately, specifically in relation to food. But what does it mean? What makes food “organic,” and why are people choosing “organic” over other food options? It’s time to get the scoop on all things organic.

What does “organic” mean?

The standards for organic food and products vary depending on where you are in the world. However, the term generally speaks of food that is grown in an all-natural way, without any chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides. The farming methods used for organic foods are designed to promote the reuse of resources, to minimize waste, and to encourage the correct ecological balance of nature. It’s a holistic approach that limits artificiality and over-processing of foods.

A food cannot be labeled as “organic” unless it complies with the standards set forth by the country in which that food is being sold. In some countries, as in the United States, there are varying levels of “organic,” including “100% Organic”, “Organic” (made with 95% or more organic ingredients), and “Made with Organic Ingredients” (contains at least 70% organic ingredients). A vegetarian would appreciate organically grown vegetables as they are extra fresh and crunchy.

Why choose organic food?

The thought process behind the trend is that whole and natural is healthier for your body. The fewer chemicals and artificial products involved the farming and processing of the food, the better it is. Going organic means that potentially harmful residues are eliminated, while vitamins and minerals within the food are preserved. One way or another, organically grown food helps in a more sustainable catering and healthy for the earth.

What are some examples of organic food?

Organic food can be almost anything that is grown or raised. Imagine that you have a bag of regular potatoes, raised on a farm where the growers used common pesticides to preserve and protect their crops. In contrast, you might also have a bag of organic potatoes, raised on a farm where no chemicals or synthetic pesticides are used. You can buy organic meat or chicken, from cows or poultry that have been fed only organic feed for their entire lives, without any animal by-products or genetically engineered grains.

Where is organic food sold in Singapore?

Now that you’ve got the basics about going organic, where can you find the food? Fortunately, there are many grocers, restaurants, and catering companies in Singapore that offer up fresh organic produce or dishes created from organic ingredients.

If you’re looking for raw ingredients, but you don’t have a lot of time to shop for them, check out BestOrganicFood – an online organic grocer that offers free shipping for orders over a certain amount. Another excellent resource is Zenxin AgriOrganic Food, where you can find pre-packed veggie boxes full of beautiful greens, root vegetables, fruit, stems, and seeds that you can eat raw or incorporate into delicious recipes.

Green Circle Eco Farm is an excellent place to obtain fresh, local, organic produce. The grocer draws the bulk of its supply from a farm at Lim Chu Kang. If you want delivery, there is a very small delivery fee.

Another farm in Lim Chu Kang provides the fruits and vegetables for another distributor, Quanfa. Quanfa also offers online ordering with delivery of beautiful organic produce straight to your home. The plentiful supply of Asian vegetables in dozens of different varieties makes Quanfa an ideal choice.

Look for a Fairprice store in your neighbourhood as well. Among other offerings, these stores supply products from the company line, Pasar Organic. With all of these choices, as well as ready-to-eat food from restaurants and food caterers like us, you can easily go organic in Singapore. And not forgetting, using organically grown food for kids’ party will help kids to digest healthier food and boost their energy throughout the day.

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