Feature: Shopping organic
Some questions to ask before you hit the gourmet aisle. So you’re going organic? Well done, our planet will thank you! Here in Singapore, access to fresh organic produce is on the rise but how can we tell a food does what it says on the tin?
- Translation - Organic farming, put simply, means
creating food in the most natural way possible, with as few chemical pesticides
and artificial fertilisers as farmers can get away with using, and with animals
kept in the best condition possible.
- Assurance - This is always a hard one to confirm. If a farm
says it is organic, what’s to say the neighbouring farm is not happily spraying
pesticides all over the place regardless? You can do a certain amount to check by digging deeper with map searches, or look out for certified labels, such as the SGS (Societe
Generale de Surveillance) label. They say: ‘The organic products that we certify may use
the designated organic standard logo as well as the SGS organic logo.’
- Rising costs - Pesticides make food production more prolific so farmers can make more and charge less. Put the reverse into effect and a big wallet is required when we shop organic. Like all things in life, if you want the best, sometimes you have to pay.
- Accessibility - Organic food that's flown into town is widely available in stores around Singapore, and the island’s growing farm population is also a good place to shop organic. Many local farms now offer efficient home delivery services, which you can access online. Food tastes better when you know it hasn’t ripped through the ozone to get to you.
To read up on organic rules, contact the Singapore SGS: www.sgs.sg/