HEALTHY: Lindo’s not only has organic fruit and vegetables but also meat, cereal, convenience foods and baby formula.  
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HEALTHY: Lindo’s not only has organic fruit and vegetables but also meat, cereal, convenience foods and baby formula. Photo supplied

The ‘organic movement’ has become quite relevant to the supermarket industry in Bermuda as these products, once only found in health food stores, are becoming more and more in demand by our customers.

The word ‘organic’ refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat.

Specific requirements must be met and maintained in order for products to be labelled as ‘organic’.

What’s the difference between organic and conventional farming?

In organic farming practices, natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, are used to feed soil and plants.

Non-synthetic methods, such as beneficial insects, birds and traps, are used to keep pests at bay rather than pesticides.

Also, instead of synthetic herbicides, weeds are managed naturally with environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds and through crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching and tilling.

Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation, and reduce pollution.

With regards to organic livestock farming, the animals must have access to the outdoors and are given organic feed.

In addition, the farmers use preventive measures, such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing to help minimize disease instead of antibiotics.

In addition, the animals are never given growth hormones.

Is organic safer and more nutritious?

This question is an ongoing debate within the scientific community and among consumers overall that has yet to yield any definitive answers.

There are a variety of reasons that people choose to go organic.

Some prefer the taste. Others may have concerns about the farming practices of conventional foods, whether it be the chemicals used or the impact on the environment.

In addition, many people buy organic to avoid food additives, such as preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colourings and flavourings.

These types of additives are banned or severely restricted by organic regulations.

On the other hand, organic foods typically cost more than their conventional counterparts, which is due, in part, to more expensive farming practices.

What can you buy?

The good news for those who are interested in the organic movement is that there is quite a variety of products out there, although here in Bermuda that availability may be limited at times.

We carry both imported and locally produced organic foods — everything from beef and poultry to fresh fruit and vegetables. Beyond that, some might be surprised at the range of different products that can be found.

If you’re into baking, then you’re in luck because you can get organic items like sugar, flour, butter and shortening, as well as a variety of cooking oils.

You can even get packaged organic mixes for baked goods like pie, cake and icing.

For breakfast, there’s organic cereal, oatmeal, waffle mix and syrup, along with milk, a huge assortment of fruit drinks and organic tea.

You can have Italian night with organic pasta and sauces from an array of flavours.

Or create your own pizza with organic French bread pizza mix.

Spice up Mexican night with organic taco seasoning or tortilla chips with salsa.

For quick and easy fare, there is a good selection of organic packaged convenience foods like mac and cheese or cheeseburger macaroni and canned pasta meals.

In the freezer section, you’ll also find organic foods like waffles, veggie burgers, enchiladas, chicken strips and microwavable pasta bowls.

Finally, for the kids, there are numerous organic snacks and goodies from cookies, crackers and rice crisp bars, to marshmallow treats, fruit bites and yogurt smoothies.

You can even serve up your summer ice cream in organic sugar cones.

We also have organic baby formula.

The bottom line with buying organic food is that it really is personal choice and we’re in the business of providing our customers with as many choices as possible.

Zach Moniz is the manager of Lindo’s Family Foods Manager. See www.lindos.bm