Organic investment in long-term health

MORE people on the Coffs Coast are turning to organic food and produce, with health and concern for the environment the biggest incentives.

Kevin Doyle, owner of Kombu Wholefoods in Bellingen, has noticed a rise in the sale of organic produce.

“Despite all the talk of the global economic crisis, we had record sales over the month of September,” Mr Doyle said.

Mr Doyle said the drive towards self-sufficiency and an interest in health were major reasons why people were turning to organic produce.

“We live in a beautiful, natural environment and people want to keep it that way,” he said. “In the long-term, organic food is a real investment in health. It can save money on things like sick days and the need for medicine.”

When it comes to organics, fruit and vegetables, along with books of organic gardening were some of their biggest sellers, as people start to take steps to grow their own food.

Greater availability of organic produce has also contributed to the increase in sales, Mr Doyle said.

“Organic produce is coming more into the mainstream and there is more available. These days you can buy it in supermarkets,” he said.

In the lead up to National Organic Week, on October 11-19, a new study has provided strong evidence that organic food is more nutritious than conventional foods.

“It's official that organic food is healthier. A new report by scientists in the US lends credibility to what we have been saying all along,” Organic Federation of Australia chair Andre Leu said.

“The researchers compared 11 key nutrients and found that organic foods contained on average 25 per cent higher concentrations of nutrients.”

Mr Leu also said that a 30 year scientific trial in the US has shown that organic practices can counteract up to 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas output.

“Adopting organic practices on our farmland in Australia is a proven way to help in the fight against climate change.”

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