Better Food has had a strong affinity to organic since its inception. This is because we believe everyone should be able to eat food free from damaging chemicals. We know how good we feel by eating seasonal, organic wholefoods and now their is evidence to prove it. Organic dairy and meat contain about 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional. Omega-3s are linked to reductions in cardiovascular disease, improved neurological development and function, and better immune function.
Organic crops, meanwhile, are higher in essential minerals, phytonutrients, and vitamin C. Phytonutrients are plant compounds other than vitamins and minerals, such as enzymes, antioxidants and polyphenols, a group of plant compounds such as bioflavonoids, flavanols, and pycnogenols. Polyphenols are anti-inflammatory and have a wide range of health benefits. These include protection against allergies, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and more.
The organic food and drink we stock conforms to Soil Association standards. These standards look at all aspects of food production and manufacturing, storage and sales, considering everything from packaging to animal welfare and wildlife conservation. This type of farming strives to reduce inputs, increase biodiversity and recycle resources. Small-scale, local farming is better able to achieve these ends. But they are not always able to cover the costs of being certified. That is why our buying team take each new product on a case-by-case basis, to balance the needs of the producer with the needs of our customers.
The movement continues to grow. The demand for organic food and drink grew by 7% across the UK in 2016 and we are proud to have played a part in this.
What organic products can you expect to find in store?
All of our produce is organic, and 97% of the ingredients from our café is. That is why, in 2017, all three Better Food cafés were awarded a 4* Organic Served Here award – the first eatery in England to receive an award. We buy organic food and drink wherever possible, and actively support local producers. Some of organic suppliers include Amazin, The Community Farm, Essentials, Biona, Meridian, Amisa, Rude Health, Taifun and Suma.