Why Organic?

Organic means working with nature, not against it…

Organic means working with nature, not against it. It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment. This means more wildlife, more bees, more insects, more birds, better soil and better food! It’s at the heart of the bigger picture and as we all know – the truth is, if we care about the future of the planet, we need to change the way we behave and organic is an essential part of that change! Whatever you’re buying – from cotton buds to carrots – when you choose organic, you choose products that promote a better world.

Why go organic? Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year and the standards for organic food are laid down in European law.

Organic means fewer pesticides, no artificial colours or preservatives, no GM ingredients, no routine use of antibiotics, better animal welfare and always free range. Food, health, beauty and textile products that hold the Soil Association organic symbol have been produced to the highest possible animal welfare and environmental standards.

This is how it works...

  • Higher standards of animal welfare – Organic means the very highest standards of animal welfare. Organic animals are truly free range and are reared without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers.
  • Know what’s in your food – All organic food is fully traceable from farm to fork, so you can be sure of what you’re eating. The standards for organic food are laid down in European law so any food labelled as organic must meet strict rules.
  • Nutritionally different – scientific research has found organic milk and meat contains around 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic and organic fruit and vegetables have up to 68% more antioxidants
  • Reduces exposure to antibiotics and pesticides – Conventional food production makes wide use of pesticides which can pollute water and the environment. Over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and these are often present in non-organic food. Shockingly, farm animals account for almost two-thirds of all antibiotics used in the EU and these are passed down to us through the food chain. In organic farming systems the routine or preventative use of antibiotics is banned.
  • Better for the environment and wildlife – Organic means working with nature, not against it. No system of farming does more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, or protect natural resources like fresh water and healthy soils.

Does Organic cost more?

While organic food is sometimes more expensive than non-organic, there are ways to keep costs down. In an ideal world, organic wouldn’t need to be more expensive. A big part of the problem is that the true cost of our food isn’t reflected in the price. So food that is produced in ways that may contaminate our water, our wildlife and our countryside, or lead to antibiotic resistance in people, may seem cheap in the store, but the real cost can be very high indeed.

Make the difference…

Where there is a price difference, you are paying for the special care organic farmers place on protecting the environment and improving animal welfare. As the costs of farming with oil-based fertilisers and chemicals increase, the price gap between organic and non-organic is closing. Every time you choose organic milk, vegetables, meat, cereals and any other organic food, you are helping to make a very real difference and we hope you will share that message with your friends and family.