What is different about organic produce?

The introduction of pesticides and chemicals into food production saw high yields of crops and amazed farmers. It was only after extended use that agriculturalists began to realise what the consequences of this would be. The soil suffers and after the first few yields the results of the chemical treatments can be seen.

What is organic farming?

Organic farming is the practice of planting and nurturing crops without any artificial influences like pesticides or anything that would constitute genetically modified foods (GMOs). By adopting the natural way of cultivating plants and rearing animals you embrace organic farming with its techniques and practices.

By adopting organic farming practices one can create a healthier world and eventually limit the number of cases of illnesses caused by the chemicals in non-organic foods, such as cancer. Organic farming methods also reduce the degradation of the quality of soil and water.

How are organic crops different?

Organic crops are grown in uncompromised soil which allows the plant to absorb more nutrients from the earth. Organic foods tend to contain higher levels of antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc and iron. Antioxidants keep the plant safe eliminating the need for pesticides to do so for them.
Foods grown organically have been shown to contain lower levels of nitrate – high levels of which are linked with the development of several types of cancer and methemoglobinemia in children (a disease which negatively affects the body’s capability of carrying oxygen.

Levels of toxic metals and pesticides are lower in organic produce because they are not exposed to chemical treatments. Organic farming does not make use of:

• Synthetic fertilizers
• Sewage based fertilizer
• Synthetic pesticides
• Irradiation
• Genetic engineering
• Anti-biotics
• Growth hormones

The advantages of organic farming

Instead of using harmful chemicals and additives organic farming uses natural methods, agricultural products and materials for a healthy and plentiful yield of crops. The goal of organic farming is to:

• Reduce pollution
• Provide safe livestock habitats
• Enable natural livestock behaviour
• Enhance soil and water quality
• Promote self-sustaining cycle on farms

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Dental insurance as an alternative to the NHS

Many people face real problems trying to access NHS dental care after the 2006 system reforms, according to the NHS. The British Dental Association (BDA) also highlighted the problem following research by Which? With John Milne, chair of the BDA’s general dental practice committee, commenting that inequalities within public dental care need to be ‘tackled imaginatively.

According to government figures, 22,000 people were admitted to hospital in 2008 for emergency dental treatment. Dental procedures carried out by an NHS dentist are not free; however rates are capped by the NHS. Some treatments are not available on the NHS and so paying privately may be the only option to access those procedures.

Dental insurance is one solution that many people use. With differing payment options available to patients including pay monthly or pay by procedure, private dental care guarantees that patients will be seen and will receive the care they need.

Depending on the insurance plan, most policy holders should be entitled to receive oral health checks, internal and external dental checks, x-rays, corrective work, hygienist, specialist and gum treatments.  Check with your local dentist, we are based in Guildford and offer full dental treatments to all in the area Guildford and surrounding areas.

General advice for dentists is that patients should visit for a check-up once every six months. This is to prevent avoidable tooth decay and other dental problems, and to maintain good oral health. Austen Road Dental Practise put this piece together. They are based in Guildford, give them a call if you dental health advice and are based in or around Guildford – Dental Practise Austen Road.