There is an on-going debate about the true value of 'organic' and what it really means to consumers. The organic industry is growing quickly with 81% of households now reporting they purchase 'organic' at least occasionally. And the range of categories in which 'organic' is now an option, has increased sixfold.
So, what is the real value of organic? Is it healthier? Is it safer? Is it really organic? The answers are not quite so obvious.
Two recent studies have sparked considerable debate about organic foods and their nutritional value versus conventional foods. And the evidence is far from conclusive.
In September 2012, the Stanford Study summarized here, found little evidence to suggest that organic foods offered any more nutritional health benefits than conventionally-grown foods. And this has stirred quite a lot of discussion.
The latest paper from the UK suggests that there may be greater amounts of antioxidants found in organically grown food. And this finding too has sparked considerable debate.
Despite the research and the findings, or the lack thereof, there are two merits to choosing 'organic.'
- While not necessarily providing you more nutrients and vitamins, organic options do reduce the amount of unwanted chemicals and potentially harmful toxins you ingest. You probably don't need much convincing that eating foods that reduce the risk of exposure to toxins and potentially harmful chemicals is a reasonably good idea.
- Whether it is the foods you eat, or the skin care products you use, or the utensils you cook with, a key benefit, and perhaps the most important aspect of 'organic' is that it is better for the environment, less damaging for the soil, and safer for the farmers.
How does this affect your choice of cooking and eating utensils? The same advantages apply whether you are talking about food or kitchen utensils made from natural sources.
Bamboo is an exceptional material in the kitchen. It doesn't scratch your cooking surfaces, it is lightweight, and also super durable. However, not all bamboo is the same. Here's the difference.
- bambu branded utensils are made from certified organic sources. No other product on the market is. By certifying our source of bamboo every year, we know that exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is minimized, and the growing and farming of our bamboo is safer for the environment.
- bambu utensils are made without glues or adhesives. These utensils are all made from single pieces of certified organic bamboo, not laminated pieces. They are hand cut and finished without glues. Wood or bamboo utensils made with glue, split over time. The adhesives can leach into your foods especially if you are cooking at high temperatures.
- bambu utensils are finished with an organic, food-safe oil; Not lacquer or cheap coatings that can chip and flake off, or leach into your cooking.
bambu utensils display the familiar NOP Organic Seal for these three reasons.
The world's supply of bamboo is grown in China. However, it is not always known how, and under what conditions the bamboo is grown and harvested, and produced. It is China, and we are all too aware of the reports of questionable practices in farming and production.
In this case, organic gives people the assurance of a safe and well managed source of renewable bamboo certified annually by a credible and authorized 3rd party certifying group that audits material source and production practices. These annual audits are conducted on site by IMO Switzerland, a qualified and approved certifier for the National Organic Program.
While buying organic foods may not provide nutritional advantages, organic is healthier for the environment and healthier for your home. And when it comes to certified organic kitchen utensils, or children feeding utensils, with bambu you get natural, safe and well-made products, and the assurance that these products are safe in the home, and good for the environment too.