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Going Organic – What’s It All About?

Organic. It’s a trend that’s on the rise. From fresh produce to other food, drinks and even cosmetics, the word organic is popping up here, there and just about everywhere, but what does it actually all mean?

Well, organic farming is all about making high quality food that doesn’t harm us, animals or the planet in the process.

If a product in Britain is to be classed as organic, there are strict guidelines that have to be followed to the ‘t’. When something’s labelled as organic it means that throughout the production or farming of the product, no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and hormones are allowed to be used. The use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides also have to be limited as well as antibiotics for animals unless it’s necessary for the health of the animal. These key principle rules mean that farmers and producers have to make sure they are maintaining their soil quality, plant and animal health in a more natural way. So, going organic is better for the environment including biodiversity, organic farmers are held to higher animal welfare standards than conventional farmers, plus eating naturally grown food is better for us too.

When you’re buying organic, make sure to look out for the EU’s organic logo, or the Soil Association’s logo who hold farmers to an even higher standard of organic farming. For the environmentally conscious, going organic is a great step towards a more sustainable and nutritious life.