• Advantages of ordering at Metabolance

     Ordering at Metabolance has many...

    Ordering at Metabolance has many advantages - for you, the farmers, the animals and the planet!

    For you: Peace of mind!
    • Sustainable AND nourishing food, carefully selected for you by a nutrition expert: Clean food without any pesticides, hormones, GMOs or antibiotics, but with lots of pure, natural & intense flavours. No organic junk nor unhealthy ingredients (such as canola oil, soy protein, pasteurized milk, farmed fish), but many additional nutritional & health benefits. Some very exclusive and hard-to-find items, such as 100% grass-fed beef, sustainable fish, raw milk, raw nuts & seeds (incl. their butters), freshly pressed flaxseed oil..
    • Seasonal & fresh: Re-learn to appreciate the fact that everything is not available all year round! Benefit from extra freshness: The produce is harvested short before you get it in your basket, so it doesn't spend lots of time travelling around the world or lying in supermarket shelves. Meat and fish is vacuum-packed on the spot (the fish still smells of the sea!)
    • All you need in one-stop: Metabolance offers you farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, raw milk, meat, fish, bread... and a selection of all the basic storable food staples: cereals, legumes, nuts, oils, coffee, tea, spices... and even sustainable non-food items, such as cosmetics or cleaning products.
    • Time efficiency: Your order is prepared for you - you only need to pick it up! For your convenience, you can do so until 8pm on Friday! No more cuing in the supermarket on a Saturday!
    • Maximum flexibility: You compose your own basket. No minimum order value. No need to order every week. Quantities are also suitable for one-person-households.
    • Fair prices: I want to offer you the highest quality products at the best possible price. Prices are usually below or equal to the prices you'd find on organic markets or in other bio shops. Some items (like nuts & seeds) are more expensive than in other bio shops, but this is due to their superior Raw Food quality. You get exactly the quantitiy you ordered, if not even a little more!
    • Less food waste: Since you pre-order your food, you are forced to roughly plan your meals ahead. You are more likely to only buy what you need and waste less. You are not tempted to buy processed junk food on your way to check-out. All this might end up saving you money, while getting higher quality.
    • Know your farmer: If you wish so, you can get to know in person the farmer who produced your food!
    • Expertise: Claudia offers you free advice on the quality of your food, how to best store and prepare it in order to maximize the nutritional benefits.

    For the farmer
    • Fair prices: All fresh food comes from farmers' cooperatives, cutting out the wholesaler and supermarket as intermediate. So while your price is equal or even below to other bio places, the farmer who actually produced the food gets an extra margin! There is not such a price pressure and dependency as often executed by big supermarket or discounter chains, forcing farmers who want to keep their contracts to produce more and more for lower and lower prices.
    • Survival: Even if you try to make conscious choices when shopping in the supermarket (e.g. more vegetables, less meat, soy alternatives..), you often end up supporting big corporations instead of local, organic farmers. Vegetables, even if "organic" often come from far away (e.g. potatoes from Egypt). Soy products are highly processed (could not even be found on a local farm) and are often marketed by the same companies active in industrial animal farming (e.g. Alpro, Provamel). By avoiding supermarkets and shopping more directly, you support who we need most for maintaining our food independence and biodiversity: small, local, organic farmers. The more you buy from supermarkets and discounters, the more you support industrial farming practices, food waste, food standardisation... and the more small farmers have to go out of the market (until there's only industry left...). Support what you want to keep alive!
    • Less food waste: Pre-order systems allow the farmer to better plan his sales. Ideally, if he gets an order for 10 salads for example, he will only pick those 10 salads from the field and leave the others out there. He will also be able to sell those carrots or cucumbers that don't comply with supermarket standards in terms of appearance or calibration. Meat packages allow to use all parts of the animal instead of just the popular steak.

    For the animals
    • Raised with respect and according to their natural needs: Personally, I don't trust the organic logo on animal foods when it comes to animal welfare. Too many documentaries exist featuring "organic" animals suffering from similar horrible living conditions as their conventional counterparts. Yes, the animals won't be treated with preventive antibiotics. Yes, they will get organic feed. But whether or not they have enough space, effectively spend time outside or are able to feed on grass, herbs or worms (as they are intended to do by nature), is a completely different question. Unfortunately the European minimum guidelines for organic still allow rather inhumanely practices in animal farming. Therefore, all animal foods I offer come from either small organic farms in Belgium or from projects such as Natuurpunt with their Galloway cows in natural reserves in Flanders. If you want, you could visit them and check their living conditions with your own eyes. The animals are raised with respect and in accordance with their natural needs. They have enough space (less animals per m2), they spend time outside, they eat grass, herbs, insects and worms (plus a supplement of organic cereals in the case of poultry), they are kept in hygienic circumstances, they are not given unnecessary or purely "preventive" medication, they live longer before eventually being killed in small slaughterhouses... Fish is caught using small boats and respecting seasonalities. Unpopular breeds are promoted to spare overfished sorts.

    For the planet
    • Less food waste: Pre-ordering your food allows me to only order what you ordered (no waste at the store-level) and farmers to only harvest what is needed (no waste at the farm level). It allows you to plan your meals and only order what you will most likely also eat. Since I don't apply supermarket standards when it comes to appearance or calibration of the produce, less food needs to be sorted out at the farm level. Short & quick distribution (no imported fresh foods, no wholesaler in between) reduces the risk of spoilage. If that's not VERY different from any supermarket system (even bio-supermarkets !).
    • Less packaging: Fruits and vegetables are packed in reusable and recyclable paper bags. Milk and yogurt comes in reusable glass bottles/pots. I take back all packaging and reuse it if still in a good state. I choose to NOT offer cereals, legumes and nuts in bulk, since they go rancid more quickly that way. I don't bargain your health to reduce waste.
    • Less waste of precious resources: Short circuit distribution means fewer transport kilometers, since all the fresh food comes from local farms. No need to store & cool produce for a long time, saving energy. By only offering produce currently in season, resources for production, transport and storage are saved.
    • Sustainable agriculture practices and biodiversity: Animal grazing on pasture reduces (or even eliminates) the need for other kinds of (synthetic) fertilizer, while increasing the amount of CO2 absorbing hummus in the soil. Permaculture, combining and rotating different crops also maintains soil health and biodiversity. Natural pest control and crop rotation makes chemical pesticides unnecessary.