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Ten Foul Facts

Foul facts to inspire you to go organic!

by Ysanne Spevack

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  1. BSE has never been found in purely organic beef herds, where calves suckle and then graze on pasture untreated with chemicals.
  2. Non-­organic lettuces are sprayed 25 times before harvest.
  3. Non-­organic chickens are kept in crammed conditions and are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.
  4. Organic birds are allowed to live longer and therefore have a stronger flavour.
  5. Battery hens eat a synthetic feed full of antibiotics and colorants. The free­range standard varies, but certified organic eggs come from hens with room to roam and a diet that’s 70 per cent organic.
  6. Battery hens account for 90% of the UK’s egg industry. All those non-­organic processed foods like cakes, ready meals and pasta contain battery eggs.
  7. Milk Cows grazing on chemicals pass them on to people who drink their milk or eat non-­organic cheese and dairy products. Dioxins, Lyndane and DDT are regularly found in non-­organic milk.
  8. Dairy herds are fed high-­protein mixes to boost milk production; organic herds graze on organic pasture and aren’t given animal protein or antibiotics.
  9. Non-­organic pigs are routinely taken from their mothers soon after birth and given hormones and antibiotics.
  10. In whole­wheat bread, pesticide residues lie on the outside of the grain, so non-­organic whole­wheat bread contains more pesticides than non-­organic white bread. But to get the full taste, texture and goodness, organic wholegrain bread is by far the best.

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