5 PLACES TO BUY ORGANIC MEAT
It all got slightly awkward last year for British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood when she waded into the organic food debate. In fact, her comments caused a bit of a media storm and she was forced to explain herself.
So what did she say? When a BBC Radio 5 Live presenter said to the style icon “not everybody can afford to eat organic food,” she replied: “Eat less!”
Press coverage ensued and Westwood quickly issued a statement claiming she had been misunderstood.
Her answer, she said, was about “eating less meat” because “people are eating far too much factory-farmed meat and junk food which is bad for you and not providing the nutrients you need.”
It’s true that eating meat that is locally sourced, organic and sustainable is a better option.
Meat can be a good way to get protein into your every day diet. It is a complete protein meaning that it contains all essential amino acids. But it’s also true that eating too much of it is bad news because it is very acid forming in the body, putting added pressure on the liver and kidneys.
So eating less meat, like Westwood said, is a wiser approach. By consuming it as part of your 30% acid-forming foods within your alkaline lifestyle, will be gentler for your digestive system.
It now seems that more and more people are heeding her call when it comes to eating high quality and nourishing foods.
An increasing number of us are getting more health conscious and more discerning. In turn, a greater proportion of the population is willing to pay extra for organic food.
Sales of organic products in the UK are bouncing back, rising by 4% in 2014, thereby returning to 2009 levels, according to the Soil Association’s latest market report.
The organic industry trade body found that households here spent an extra £1.4 million a week last year, representing “significant growth” and a market now worth more that £1.86 billion.
Even though sales of organic dairy products and fresh fruit and vegetables still surpass those of organic meat, the horsemeat scandal, which hit supermarkets in 2013, not only highlighted the failures in the complex UK food supply chain but also made people stop and think about food safety and their own individual food choices.
The fact that “horse passed off as beef, beef passed off as lamb and cheap poultry passed off as everything from red meat to ham,” as the Guardian newspaper put it, led to a growth in people buying meat from independent butchers, individual farmers and suppliers, in other words those with a short and transparent supply chain.
Here are five options where you can find quality meat:
1. Abel & Cole – www.abelandcole.co.uk
An online organic food-delivery business that sources its meat from family farmers and ships a selection of boxes across the UK.
2. Riverford Organic Farms – www.riverford.co.uk
An online home-delivery company based in Devon which offers a selection of meat boxes for homes around the UK.
3. Planet Organic - www.planetorganic.com
The UK’s organic supermarket with six stores in London now has an online shop.
4. Whole Foods Market - www.wholefoodsmarket.com
The American chain, which specialises in organic groceries, now has nine stores across the UK, seven of which are in London. It is also possible to buy selected meats online. Check out individual stores to see what’s available as it can vary by location.
5. Farmers’ markets – across the UK
It’s an excellent place to buy organic meat directly from the farmers themselves.
If you are in London, check out this website to find out where is the closest one to you: www.lfm.org.uk/markets-home
By Chantal Ouimet – Honestly Healthy online editor