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Green Food Benefits, Part 2

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Improved animal welfare

Strict animal welfare conditions are included in organic standards, such as the requirement that animals have free access to fields or outdoor areas; that they have ample natural bedding, such as straw; and plenty of space in indoor areas such that they are able to express their natural behaviour patterns. So you will never find battery hens in organic farming.

All organically reared animals must be fed natural organic feedstuff, and graze on organic pastures such as herb- and clover-rich grass. They are not pumped full of antibiotics and growth promoters - instead, through a mixture of good husbandry and natural and homeopathic remedies, animals are healthier and require less medication.

Some certifying bodies also specify the maximum time any animal can spend traveling to an abattoir - the Soil Association in the UK, for example, requires that this is no more than eight hours -and they encourage the use of local abattoirs.

Tastier

While this is purely subjective, organic food is often the tastiest option. This is because organic farmers often grow traditional, uncommon varieties of fruit and vegetables that have been selected for their taste rather than their suitability for transportation or yield. Also, if you buy your organic produce from a local source, such as at a farmers' market, it is likely to be fresher, which always makes for a better taste. And since organic fresh produce is not sprayed with post-harvest chemicals to prevent decay, you will not be fooled into buying an apple that has been hanging around for some time in the belief that it was picked that morning.

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