Organic food remains a bit of a controversial topic. Food politics is usually big news and has become more so recently with not only concerns about food safety but also climate change driving the discussions.
Our view has always been quite grounded. Many years ago when we opened, we saw that organic farming and food production offered a different set of standards for everyone involved to work to. We liked the idea of transparency, accountability and traceability which organic certification ensured. Reducing widespread pesticide use, encouraging biodiversity and improving animal welfare just seemed a common sense to us.
When we opened the shop organic food appeared more than anything just a traditional and old fashioned approach . It offered a bit of an alternative in the face of fast forward farming and industrial food production . Nowadays it seems to take almost a degree level of education in the subject to wade through the fine details of debate on ecological issues . In a post-truth world sometimes the wood gets lost for the trees.
But because we started by dealing in local organic food things have been quite simple for us . In our early years of trading we were fortunate enough to spend time on a lot of the local organic farms and have physically seen the difference they make to food quality, the eco system and animal welfare.
If ever you get the chance, you can pay a visit to some of our big suppliers such as Piercebridge organic farm, Broomhouse farm or Newfields organics. Just going to the river at Piercebridge organic farm was enough to help convince us of the value of organic farming. The clear water, the wild fauna and the butterflys said it all.
Looking around Newcastle now it’s clear organic food is also a workable choice in more urban environments like ours as well. If you get the time check out some of our more local smaller growers such as food nation, Scotswood community garden, Gibside community farm or North East Organic Growers. These thriving small holdings demonstrate how much enthusiasm for organic food can be found at a grassroots level.
But for us it is not just about local organic food anymore , since we started trading the national organic food supply has become much more efficient and we can now take fresh organic food from all round the country and even the continent easily with minimal waste and limited pollution. Rob has a near trainspotter’s knowledge of how and when our food is delivered to us. Supporting UK organic farming, and reducing air miles and carbon footprints by buying continental produce is now a part of our business which we are more than confident to take on.
And while the arguments continue to endure around Organic farming, we continue to enjoy our trade, supplying good tasting, trustworthy food in a way which is studied to reduce long term environmental costs. Often when sourcing good food their is not always a perfect solution which ticks every box but we always try to be sensible and balance our decision making in a way that supports our customers concerns at every turn. Choosing to support Organic food is central to that. It also tastes better.