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We can get real fussy about the stuff we apply on our face, but are we as particular about the stuff we put into our body?
Because since we are what we eat, we ought to pay attention to what we consume. So in addition to staying healthy by eating more fruits, veggies and lean protein, we can also try going for the organic versions.
Advocates say organic food is safer, more nutritious, and sometimes even tastier — all of which are imaginable since they’re grown without the use of toxic chemicals.
There are several organic grocers across the island, but if you’re the sort that likes stuff delivered to your doorstep, you’ve got to check out Sproutfore.
The organic food distributor connects local farmers with consumers, and majority of the fresh foods sold on the site are grown and produced in Singapore (#pride). It currently has over 450 organic products available on its website, which means you’re very likely to find common ingredients.
Yes, organic food is usually pricier than those found in a regular market. But, you know, you get what you pay for — and if you’re wondering, Sproutfore’s products are competitively priced.
And while organic food can be really good for us, organic food grown in Singapore can be even better. We got Kenneth Tan, Founder of Sproutfore, to share with us three reasons why.
They’re of better quality
“Locally produced organic food grown in Singapore is fresher and of better quality than imported organic food. This is especially the case with Sproutfore products, as we make it a point to harvest and collect our customers’ orders only on the day of delivery.
Presently, organic foods in Singapore are mostly imported from other countries like Australia, the European Union, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States.”
“Organic foods produced in Singapore are also likely to be more traceable and have greater accountability. For instance, Sproutfore provides the contact details and addresses of all our merchants so that consumers may contact the respective merchants directly if they have any queries. We also have plans to integrate a chatbot into our platform next year to facilitate this interaction process between consumers and merchants. Not only does this allow farmers to be more visible and accountable to their consumers, consumers also benefit as they will get a better understanding of what they are actually putting on their plates.”
They encourage urban agriculture
“In the long term, Sproutfore hopes to encourage the growth of the urban agriculture industry in Singapore so that everybody will be able to enjoy fresh, quality produce. We also hope to help improve the recognition of our local food agriculture, fishing and aquaculture industries, and eventually attain international certification as a sustainable hub of organic produce.”
A version of this story first appeared in CLEO. Offering an insider perspective on everything a twenty-something woman in Singapore wants or needs to know, CLEO Magazine is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.CLEO.com.sg to subscribe.