Is Cheap Food a Con? Belfast

While in many ways we are healthier than ever before, there is also a growing number of people who suffer multiple allergies and other health problems which have been linked to our pesticide habit.

Eatwell Foods
028 90664362
413 Lisburn Road
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Watair Enterprises
028 90202224
4 Mount Aboo Park
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Open Sesame
028 90324343
32 Botanic Avenue
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
The Nut Meg
028 90249984
9A Lombard Street
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Health Today
028 90738817
201 Newtownards Road
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Framar Health
028 90681018
595 Lisburn Road
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Framar Health Foods
028 90694210
391 Ormeau Road
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Holland & Barrett
028 90247789
Unit 42 Castle Court
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Holland & Barrett
028 90460264
Unit 23A Connswater Retail Park
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Scoop & Health
028 90452586
15 Bloomfield Avenue
Belfast, NI

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Is Cheap Food a Con?

Cheap Food - Is it a Con?

Cheap food? "Civilised man has marched across the face of the earth and left a desert in his footprints."

We all love cheap food. When we buy food from conventional farms (via the supermarket) we like to revel in how cheap it is.

The fact is, here in Europe, we have paid at least 3 times: once for the farming subsidies which go towards the cost of fertilisers; again for the food itself and thirdly for the decontamination at sewage plants and water treatment works.

The bill for cleaning pesticides from water supplies goes up year on year.

In addition there is another hidden cost - the cost of the health problems which result from sub-standard food.

While in many ways we are healthier than ever before, there is also a growing number of people who suffer multiple allergies and other health problems which have been linked to our pesticide habit.

There are also many pesticides which are known carcinogens - i.e. they have the potential to cause cancers. According to the Pesticides Action Network as many as 160 pesticides may fall into this group.

There is also the wider cost to our living environment.

The effect on wildlife

Bird populations in Britain, for example, have declined steeply in recent years. Scientists have linked declining numbers of farmland birds in particular, to the use of pesticides in intensive farming over the last 50 years.

Many species are affected by both the depleted soils and chemical residues left after spraying.

When you add up all these hidden costs - can you really believe that cheap food is worth the cost? The hidden costs of "cheap food" are borne by us all as tax-payers.

Organic cultivation and cheap food

Organic horticulture and agriculture create the right conditions for healthy, vibrant crops. They do this by feeding the soil which in turn feeds the plant.

This is in contrast to chemical farming, where the main aim is to feed the plant directly with NPK fertilisers. The soil is mainly used just for support and as a reservoir of moisture.

Although organic food is more expensive in most places, if it were to get a little more help from governments it would compare very favourably with conventionally grown food, especially when you factor in such things as the environmental and health benefits.

The current Farm Bill in the US, for example will cost around $76 billion. Organic farmers - and farmers making the transition to organic - are likely to get far less than 1% of that money. Much of the rest will go towards subsidising the chemical agribusiness which delivers "cheap food".

Organic Food is the Real Cheap Food!

To understand a little more about organic food and why it is better than chemically grown cheap food, here's a brief history.

The Modern Organic Movement

The organic movement grew up in response to chemical agriculture in the early 20th century.

About the time of the first synthetic fertilisers, pioneers such as Si...

Click here to read more from Green Footsteps

footer for green living page