We are currently facing climate change, diet-related ill-health, and widespread decline in wildlife. As a result – changes need to be made – hence Organic September.
Organic September is a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming, which include:
Look out for the organic logo this September and you’ll be helping to protect wildlife and reduce your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals. All whilst supporting the farmers who work hard to grow our food!
What does organic mean?
Organic is a way of farming and producing food using methods that benefits and protect our whole food system.
It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers. Plus a more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment – therfore protecting our planet and wildlife!
Myths around going Organic
It Is Unnecessarily Expensive
Organic food isn’t always more expensive, however, some organic products do cost more, and as a result this puts people off. However, it is important to know why Organic sometimes costs more. From the extra time and effort it takes to create the product, to knowing it is better for the environment and animals; there are reasons for having to pay slightly more for organic items.
Organic is unscientific – it’s only for hippies!
Whilst organic agriculture is a return to more traditional forms of farming in many ways, this doesn’t mean it’s old-fashioned. As Organic farmers can’t use pesticides in the way other farmers can, they need to be innovative to solve problems.
as well as protecting the animals, organic farmers are leading the way in developing innovative solutions to our plastic packaging and waste crises – whether it’s developing biodegradable coffee bags, plastic-free box schemes, or beer from an unused tomato crop, finding solutions to these issues is a top priority for a food system that’s all about closing the loop.
Simply put Organic is better for our planet. The reduction in pesticides and harmful chemicals protects our delicate ecosystem. The higher welfare for animals means they are having a better life, and above all – it’s better for humans.
By eating organic, we aren’t consuming GM foods or pesticides. We aren’t eating meat that has been pumped full of unnecessary antibiotics, and we are eating the correct foods at the correct times!
We all know strawberries in the UK in June are amazing, but eating strawberries, shipped from Portugal in November – they just don’t taste the same! This is because we should be eating local foods that are grown at the correct time of the year. This ensures we are eating them in the best state – And Organic helps this!
Join the Organic movement
With more of us seeking to make choices that minimise our impact on the planet; there’s never been a better time to be a part of the organic movement.
Organic offers a simple, trusted way to be more sustainable in our daily lives.
There are so many ways you can be involved with the movement; from learning more about what organic agriculture means and sharing this knowledge with friends and family. To supporting the organic farmers in your local community and learning to grow your own at home.
The soil association has put together a list of other small things you can try. Because by working with nature, our small changes all add up to make a world of difference! Read them here!