Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming, which include:
◾ Supporting biodiversity and wildlife
◾ Helping to combat climate change
◾ The highest standards of animal welfare
◾ Reduced exposure to pesticides
◾ Food as it should be, and food you can trust
What is organic food?
Organic is a system of farming and food production that aims to produce sufficient quantities of high-quality food. This is done using methods that deliver a breadth of benefits across our whole food system, from people to planet, plant health to animal welfare.
Organic farmers work to a strict set of standards, which must legally comply with regulations, to ensure that their farms sustain the health of soils, ecosystems and people. Certification is legally required to grow, process or market organic products, and all organic farms and companies are inspected by a certification body, at least once a year.
These standards mean that when you see the organic symbol, you can trust that the food and drink you buy has been made in a way that is better for people, animals and wildlife, and respects the natural environment.
But what does this mean in practice?
No artificial fertilizers
Higher animal welfare standards
Why choose organic?
In the face of climate change, diet related ill-health and widespread decline in wildlife, the need to change our food systems has never been greater.
As more of us make conscious decisions to reduce our impact on the planet and help build a better future, opting for organic has the potential to make a world of difference.
Better for the planet: No artificial fertilizers, healthier soils that store more carbon and meat that's more environmentally friendly.
Higher welfare for farm animals: Ensuring all animals reared for meat and animal products have a good life.
Better for nature and wildlife: Fewer pesticides, more nature-friendly farming and supports cleaner water for wildlife.
Better for people and our health: Food that contains fewer pesticides with fewer additives and preservatives and no GM ingredients produced using fewer antibiotics from more resilient farms.