To eat organic, or not to eat organic...

Like most health conscious food lovers, anything that advertises itself to me as 'home-grown' or 'organic' is immediately more attractive.

However, the debate surrounding organic food is very much still up in the air.

One side argues that organic food benefits our health as it contains higher levels of antioxidants, and therefore offers our bodies better protection against cancers and heart disease. In addition, organic farming methods are kinder to the environment than conventional ones. The other side argues back with the very real problem of its lack of sustainability. Organic food is a great alternative to intensively-farmed fruit and veg, but it tends to cost more and yield less crop- which is fine for the wealthy westerner, but is it practical on a global scale?

I personally prefer eating food that has been grown naturally with minimum use of fertilisers, pesticides, and harmful chemicals. However I understand that it cannot realistically be the sole method of mass food production.

At home we grow our own tomatoes, and I think the best thing about it is knowing the exact journey that the little tom has made: from stalk to plate, it travels little more than 3 meters through the garden and into my kitchen! Perfect for getting that fresh-off-the-vine taste. Never mind being sprayed with preservatives to ensure it lasts the journey from field to truck to supermarket to shopping trolley- it is fresh, juicy and organic. 

One of my favourite ways to enjoy our tasty tomatoes is as a snack on Ryvita crisp bread. Spread a layer of caramelised onion chutney on the Ryvita, add some rocket and sliced tomatoes, and you have the perfect summer snack!

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