Organic September 2019
Did you know it is Organic September?
Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food & farming practices.
A Soil Association report show spending money on organic products increased by 4% in 2014. Of those sales, organic health and beauty products saw a huge increase of 20%.
Food labelled as organic must meet strict regulations on how they have been grown and produced. All organic food companies and farms are inspected yearly to ensure they meet the high standards for organic food under European law.
To adhere to these standards, these products must:
- Contain no artificial additives or preservatives.
- Contain fewer pesticides – there are only 20 pesticides that can be used by organic farmers. Regular farmers can use up to 300 pesticides to put things into perspective.
- Conform to high standards of animal welfare.
- Contain no genetically modified ingredients.
- Have been produced in a way that is sustainable.
What can you do?
Organic September encourages people to make small changes to their purchasing habits and aims to raise buyer’s awareness to buy genuine organic products.
Look out for the organic logo or even grow your own! The Soil Association have made it easy for you to get involved with events, recipes and more. They have even created a digital toolkit for you to get to grips with Organic September and help take action.
If you’re looking to swap in some organic produce, why not start with these: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes.
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