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Today is: Wednesday 24th, 2019

Where to Find Fair Trade and Organic Products

In writing this article, I hope to provide people in church with a broad overview of the places they can find Fairtrade and organic products, and draw attention to the diversity of these products.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, as the saying goes, so I will start by talking about fruit.

Aarstiderne, a private farm shop north of Copenhagen, deliver a weekly selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables directly to your door. Deliveries are made in wooden crates, and it doesn’t matter if you are home or not. The advantages of buying from Aarstiderne are, firstly a regular delivery of delicious fresh and varied organic fruit and vegetables to your doorstep and secondly, each delivery comes with some recipes so one can find new and exciting ways of preparing the vegetables. You may even find that they reintroduce you to something that you thought you did not like but with new ideas becomes rather delicious. Orders cater for all size of household. If you are interested have a look at http://www.aarstiderne.com or ring 7026 0066 Monday to Friday11-18.

Irma is the best stocked of Danish supermarket chains for organic, Fairtrade and green products. Their aim is to have environmentally friendly options for almost everything you can buy. A lot of their articles are both organic and Fairtrade as well.

For some inspiration:
How about using the old cereal ‘spelt’ to bake bread? You can find both fine and coarsely milled organic spelt flour, organic cold pressed olive oil and different sorts of organic grains.
Maybe you haven’t tried skyr, a new dairy product like yoghurt, which is very rich in protein and low-fat.
And what about a little trip to their wine- and beer section to have a look at their organic wines and beers. You might be inspired to buy a good organic ale.
Irma’s tusindftryd toilet paper and kitchen roll are ‘svanemærket’, which is the guarantee for the best environmental choice.

I hope this gives you an impression of the diversity of organic and green products available in Irma.
Brugsen is also a good shop, but generally not as organically well-stocked as Irma.

In Copenhagen we are lucky enough to have two specialized organic shops.
Egefeld is the first organic and sustainable supermarket in Denmark containing more than 3000 different products. It is on Gammel Kongevej 113, Frederiksberg. Jump on a bus and go and visit it or have a look at http://www.egefeld.dk .

A wonderful little biodynamic shop is Den Grønne Butik, Brogårdsvej 23, Gentofte. Here you can pick up your own biodynamic vegetables from the wooden crates and if you like a special treat, then the grocer’s wife makes a biodynamic cake every day, for which you pay by the weight. Five minutes walk if that from Gentofte Station.

If you are interested in reading about organic and biodynamic agriculture, then these links may help:

http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food
http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodynamic_agriculture

In 2005 the Danish Ministry for Food found remnants of pesticides in 51% of all their tests on conventional fruit and vegetables. 3% of the tests exceeded the accepted minimum.

In research done in 2002 at The University of Washington two groups of children were fed with conventional and organic fruits, vegetables and juice for three days. The research workers found levels of some pesticides in urine samples taken from the conventional group to be six times higher than those fed organic products. These results must worry any parent.

http://www.es.epa.gov/ncer/childrenscenters/washington_pubs.html

In ‘God has a Dream’ (chapter 2 ‘Gods Dream’), Desmond Tutu tells us that we are God’s stewards on Earth (Genesis 1,26). Talking about organic and environmental subjects isn’t just a passing whim or fashion. It is our duty to take car of the Earth with meek reverence, and without brutality or exploitation.

Buying organic isn’t only a question of protecting yourselves and your family, but also the world and your fellow human beings. By buying Fairtrade (read Mark’s article in the December edition of the magazine) and organic products, you can help to reduce the amount of pesticides and fertilizers being used, and so doing creating a cleaner earth, cleansing the ground water, and benefiting your own health at the same time. In this way, we can help ourselves, our families and our neighbours.

Karen de Roepstorff