The Organic Food Craze has successfully swept the nation in many forms – from juice cleanses to vegetables sold separately in supermarkets, marketed as purely organic. We by now should know that organic food is regarded as generally healthier than regular cultivated foods, with the absence of the usual pesticides or chemical fertilizers. But what else is it about this fad – that has now become a significant fixture in the food culture of Singapore, that has us wanting more?
Consuming organic food significantly reduces your intake of such chemicals which may reside in our bodies for prolonged periods. Such chemicals also threaten the health of pregnant mothers and children.
It is not only great for our health, but beneficial to the great Mother Earth’s health too. Since it is using less to little chemicals it reduces pollutant which seeps into groundwater, indirectly ending up in our drinking water. Organic farming tends to use more environmental generated pesticides and/or fertilizers. It also has much higher nutritional value, some of it containing 40% more anti-oxidants which can help fight off cancer. Better nutrition? Are there better reasons not to switch camps! Besides that, some also claims it tastes better. (Hey, the organic French beans I bought were really crunchy and sweet!)
Organic food aren’t just limited to crops as well, but there are organic ways of rearing animals and poultry. Organic rearing meanings these animals grow up properly without usage of growth hormornes, they are allowed to roam freely as they should, and are given a proper balanced diet.
The Organic Food 101
Organic eggs are eggs produced by hens that have been fed with organic grains. Most hens in commercial factories are overfed with corn to ensure maximum weight and are fed genetically modified foods to expedite the production of eggs. So essentially, the nasty stuff reaches the consumer in one way or another, and this time through the animal.
Organic meat and poultry are pretty simple to understand – they have been fed with organic grains and sometimes (not always) can be free ranging too.
Organic Aquaculture is a phenomenon that is on the rise. Wild seafood is generally cultured in a completely uncontrolled environment. With the amount of pollutants going into the sea these days, we cannot be too sure what the wild fish are consuming – take the crazy genetic modifications of species around the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, for instance. Organic seafood are harvested under controlled conditions (where water temperatures are held constant and feedings times and portions are regular) where the seafood is fed with organic food, which will trace up the food chain to us.
This is the kind that you can find in some wet markets and super markets. Most produce are sprayed with genetically modifying minerals that enable the cops to grow fuller and look more attractive (Yes, even the green leafy vegetables – its a cause for concern when no insects have bitten any holes in the leaves sometimes, because, is it really natural?) Organic vegetables and fruits do not have any ‘enhancing’ spray tans either, so they are perfectly healthy and tasty for consumption.
Organic Food in Singapore
The Organic Grocer
Located at Pasarbella, (The Grandstand, Turf City) The Organic Grocer brings in both local and world wide organic produces at their physical store front for your picking! They have a neat website to boot!
Established since 2001 and they are located conveniently at The Forum Shopping Mall, Orchard Road as well as having a website . Offering organic fresh produces for babies and children. Free delivery for orders over $70!
Zenxin Agri-Organic Food
Crops grown across the causeway (helps with the costs!), it offers over 80 types of fruits of vegetables, alongside other goods like brown rice, herbs etc. You can either order via their website or drop by Pasir Panjang Wholesale Food centre where their store is located.
In summary, organic foods sound like a better choice so why isn’t the whole world eating them yet? Probably due to the availability and for some, the price. The reason why it is more expensive is due to the difficulty in storing them, without additives like they are easier to spoil, so extra measures needs to be done resulting in much higher costs.
Let’s face it organic foods aren’t the cheapest choices around and we all would like to save a little by picking the cheapest choice! Nevertheless, for nutrition’s sake splurging a bit more for our overall health is definitely worth it. Prevention is always better than cure!