What Is Organic?
Food as it should be
In the face of climate change, rising diet-related ill-health and widespread declines in our wildlife, the need to produce healthy food, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and protect wildlife grows more acute by the year. There is no magic bullet to tackle the challenges that face us, but the buying decisions we make every day are a simple but powerful form of direct action.
A symbol of trust
Fairtrade, free-range, natural and organic – there are so many symbols to look out for these days it can be confusing knowing which is best for you. Whatever you’re buying, when you choose organic, you choose products that have been produced to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. It means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives and absolutely no GM.
All organic products come from trusted sources. When you see the Soil Association organic symbol, you know the product has met a strict set of standards which define what farmers and manufacturers can and cannot do during production. All organic farms and manufacturing companies are inspected at least once a year and the standards for organic food are laid down in European law. Getting organic certification isn’t easy and when you buy an organic product you know what you’re buying really is what it says on the tin.
Organic always means:
- Fewer pesticides
- No artificial colours & preservatives
- The highest standards of animal welfare
- No routine use of antibiotics
- GM Free
What are the benefits of organic?
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!Find out more
Find out more about what makes organic products from food, to fashion and beauty different