We think “natural” matters more.
We believe that sourcing products from farms with sound agricultural practices, whether labeled organic or not, is the single most important factor in determining what you should buy and eat. Little Farms obtains its wide variety of produce, meats, dairy, and other products mostly from Australia and the European Union, and to a limited extent, the United States and other locales, where we are comfortable with our suppliers’ practices and, where we are confident we are bringing you the best value for your money. You can trust Little Farms to find the healthiest natural food at fair prices.
The terms “organic” and “natural” are both generally desirable attributes of the wholesome food you want to be eating, but they are not interchangeable labels.
The definition of the term “organic” differs from country to country, but to varying degrees, it implies that food is grown using natural methods and is free of most synthetic pesticides and artificial fertilizers. As regards livestock, “organic” generally refers to the animals being given organic feed, allowed access to the outdoors, and raised free of antibiotics and growth hormones. A big down-side to eating organic is the cost — organic foods can be very expensive due to the practices required to obtain organic certification. Further, organic produce tends to have a shorter shelf life than conventional produce and often doesn’t travel as well.
The term “natural” generally refers to food that was not fundamentally altered during processing and thus it’s free of artificial ingredients — sweeteners, colours, flavours, and additives the likes of hydrogenated oils. To Little Farms, natural food is all about produce being flown in when it’s ripe — like our beloved Little Farms avocados —and not artificially ripened to withstand long journeys by sea. Eating natural, means chicken, salmon and beef, for example, are raised on the world’s best farms, free of growth hormones, antibiotics or artificial colouring.
Buying healthy food shouldn’t be a luxury for your family.
When we do stock organic products, we make sure it’s something our customers want. For example, we offer organic versions of most of the produce in The Dirty Dozen, a list compiled by the non-profit Environmental Working Group that includes spinach, apples, grapes and tomatoes, all of which are especially prone to retaining pesticide residue.
Little Farms also has strong feelings about organic cow’s milk. Our stores and our cafes offer only organic cow’s milk that is pasteurized and unhomogenized. The process of homogenization, which breaks up and evens out fat particles to make the milk look better, is unnecessary. Most of all, we love organic milk because it contains no growth hormones and no antibiotics, and the production process is often more humane than normal dairy farming practices.
Health benefits derived from food that has not been grown or processed with synthetic chemicals have been widely reported. For instance, some scientists have made connections between developmental delays and ADHD in children, and the use of synthetic pesticides and artificial fertilizers in food production. And studies have shown that cattle raised with a grass-fed diet and grazing time outdoors, have more omega-3 fatty acids (the healthy unsaturated fats) than conventionally produced beef.
We think it’s very important to eat natural, clean food from reliable sources. For our customers who want organic produce, we do our best to provide it.
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