EDITION: Ferbuary - April '08


Back in the nineties I kept myself amused for weeks by splattering my walls with red pepper sauce and chocolate. I was painstakingly creating recipes for my soon to be ‘Britain’s first totally organic cafe’. Since throwing out the pesticides, I had cured myself of a long term illness, looked 10 years younger, and now had the energy of an exuberant puppy!

10 years on organic sales in many parts of Europe are ballooning – and it seems there are good reasons: Organic farming is kinder to animals, curtails the use of chemicals and routine antibiotics and through taking care of the soil produces food much richer in minerals, anti oxidants and phyto chemicals – all friends few of us can do without. So whether you love the planet or just adore yourself there are good reasons for considering it.

Especially as pesticide residues are now saturating the environment to the extent that they have been found in:
- 85% of fruit and vegetables in schools in the UK.
- The umbilical cords of new born Eskimo babies in the North pole.
- Penguins in the South Pole.
- Most of the water we drink.

In America up to 99% of plane sprayed pesticides do not hit their target and end up poisoning the environment and many non intended species – including humans!

Additionally, overdosing farm animals with routine antibiotics in an attempt to compensate for appalling and unnatural conditions, is now resulting in super bugs which spread to the human population and which it is difficult or impossible to treat – 25% of the often fatal MRSA in Dutch hospitals is now caused by the farm animal strain – and it’s on the increase across many parts of Europe.

It cannot be denied that organic food often is more expensive to produce. Nevertheless whether it is ‘worth it’ is still a relative concept. Is health worth spending money on? Or is it better to fill your body and the planet with toxins and spend the money on a new dress to make you look beautiful?

If affordability is a real issue it’s probably worth concentrating on those foods where there is little price difference eg: Grains, flour, beans and lentils. Buying dried goods in bulk can also slash your costs and build your muscles.

On a small island like Ibiza it’s not difficult to buy some produce direct from local farms – conserving not only money but valuable food miles which contribute to those nasty Co2 emissions – so even better if you go with a friend.

It also makes sense to totally avoid or eat only organic versions of those foods which are most heavily contaminated:
Studies of over 50.000 food samples have shown that meat and dairy produce contain the worst residues of all followed by strawberries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, apples, pears, cherries, bell peppers, spinach, potatoes and lettuce.

The least contaminated tend to be: Mangoes, pineapples, kiwi, banana, avocados, onions, sweet corn, sweet peas, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli and aubergine.

According to the Environmental Working Group (US) avoiding the worst 12 fruits and vegetables and eating the 12 best instead can lower pesticide exposure from this source by up to 90%!

Some of the many places to buy organic food are listed below:

Mr. Natural: 971 302 706 (Ibiza)
Pranathy: 971 339 999 (Santa Eulària)
Sa Fruiteria Ecológica (Mercado viejo - Ibiza)
Savia: 971 390 619 (Ibiza)
S’Hortet Verd: 971 308 030 (Sant Jordi)

STORES (with organic section):
Can Curuné (Ctra. Sant Joan)
Can Partit (Santa Gertrudis)
Can Salvado (Sant Miquel)

Can Graó: 651 135 193 (Sant Rafel)
Can Parades: 971 334 212 (Sant Miquel)
Ca Na Berri: 670 030 902 (Sant Jordi)
Finca Ecológica Sa Torre Des Xebel·lins (Ctra. Ibiza - Sta. Eulària

Sa Fruiteria Ecológica (Mercado viejo - Ibiza)
Sa Torre Des Xebel·lins (Ctra. Ibiza - Sta. Eulària)
The Flying Aubergine: 655 070 078