6-8 July 2018  |  Olympia London

Organic

In the face of climate change and rising diet-related ill-health, the challenges of producing healthier food, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and pollution and protecting wildlife and animal welfare grow more acute by the year.  Small changes make a big difference and switching just a couple of your staples to organic really can help contribute to changing our food systems for the better.

Unlike non - organic food production, which makes wide use of pesticides, something that can pollute water and the environment. Organic farming means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides and artificial fertiliser and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment.

Organic is different! 

Organic means working more with nature, not against it and there are a number of reasons why we think organic is great. Here are just a few of them….

To know what’s in your food

Organic is naturally good - GM ingredients, hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are banned under organic standards.  In fact, only 36 of the 314 food additives approved for use across the EU are permitted in organic food!     

To reduce your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides

What many people don’t realise is that over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and pesticides are these are often present in non-organic food. Eating organically grown food is the best way to reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides .

To help protect our wildlife

There is growing scientific evidence that certain harmful pesticides, especially neonicotinoid insecticides, play a key part in the declines in honeybees and other pollinators worldwide. Because of the complete absence of herbicides and the severely restricted use of fungicides and insecticides, organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies.  Organic farmers manage wildlife habitats as a vital part of a successful organic farm.

It’s naturally different

Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and how the food we eat is produced.  Recent studies show organic production results in higher levels of some nutrients in food and lower levels of undesirable pesticides and chemical residues.

To help combat climate change

Organic farming offers the best, currently available, practical model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture 10. This is because it is less dependent on fossil-based fertilisers and pesticides and it also stores higher levels of carbon in the soil.

For higher standards of animal welfare

Animal welfare is central to the Soil Association’s organic principles and no other system of farming has higher animal welfare standards. Organic animals are truly free range. This means, healthy, happy animals, which are reared without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers common in intensive livestock farming. 

To help save our Soils

2015 is the United Nation’s ‘International Year of Soils‘- a campaign launched in response to the devastating evidence that we may have just 60 years’ of topsoil left.  Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future. Organic production enhances soil life, natural soil fertility and water quality. Organic farmers rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops.

For a GM-free diet

Over a million tonnes of GM crops are imported each year to feed the majority of non-organic livestock. These then produce chicken, eggs, pork, bacon, milk, cheese and other dairy products.    Genetically modified crops, animal feed and ingredients are completely banned under European Union and international organic standards. 

 

Look for the symbol

Wherever you see the Soil Association organic symbol, you can be sure that the food has been produced to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. Soil Association certify over 70% of organic food in the UK and all organic farms and companies are inspected at least once a year. It is the most rigorous of any independent food standard audit processes, so the organic label is the best way of assuring the food we eat has been produced to a standard you can trust.

 

To find out more about the Soil Association click here.

 

 
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