What is Organic September?
Soil Association founded Organic September as a campaign aiming to raise awareness about organic foods and their benefits to our health and the environment. Organic September celebrates all the organic food producers do for climate, nature, and the health of people.
What is organic farming?
Organic farming is a way of growing crops without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. This way of farming aims to keep the soil and nature healthy.
Organic foods are not grown with any chemicals and are not genetically modified. Moreover, they don't contain any artificial colours, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.
Why are organic foods healthier?
Being an organic food producer is not easy. In order to supply organic products, organic farmers and manufacturers must follow strict regulations, allow inspections every year and are obliged to acquire accreditation from an official certification body. For foods and drinks to have the organic certificate, at least 95 per cent of the ingredients must come from organic sources.
Why is organic food better for the planet?
According to Soil Association data, if the entire Europe switched to an organic food and farming system, there would be a 40 %drop in emissions. Half of this drop would result from a cut in the use of fossil fuel-based nitrogen fertilisers.
Organic farming reduces the risk of environmental pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by restricting the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides made from burning fossil fuels. Organic farmers must build fertile soils naturally, avoid monoculture and rotate their crops to keep the soil healthy.
Organic farming is better for our nature and wildlife. Intensive farming practices, especially pesticide use, are the primary drivers of wildlife decline. Organic farms are homes for bees, birds and butterflies. According to the Soil Association, plant, insect and bird life is 50% more abundant on organic farms, and there are around 75% more wild bees on organic farms.
Where can I buy organic food?
You can buy organic foods in online whole food shops like Whole Food Earth. You will find a vast collection of healthy organic whole foods, including organic nuts, organic seeds, organic legumes, organic flours and more.