BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 01 Sept '18

Tried organic yet? Switching just one item in your shopping basket would make a difference

This month sees the return of Organic September, an initiative by the Soil Association to encourage the whole nation to try organic. Throughout the month shops, farms and producers are inviting everyone to join them and experience what it means to be organic and why organic is food as it should be.

’Tis the season

Throughout the month, shops across the country will be demonstrating how easy it is to shop and cook with organic ingredients, and showcasing the wealth of choice available.

Organic September has been perfectly timed to see some of Britain’s most popular everyday fruits and vegetables coming into season. These include apples, blackberries, pears and plums as well as vegetables such as beetroots, carrots, field mushrooms, kale, leeks, lettuce, potatoes, pumpkin and squashes, sweetcorn, tomatoes and watercress.

But it’s not just fruit and vegetables that can be organic – it’s the full shopping basket. This year alone, over 1,000 new products were certified by Soil Association Certification, including Adobe Malbec reserve 2017, Asda British cheddar, Clipper Fair Trade decaffeinated tea, Booja Booja Honeycombcaramel truffles, Jelley’s elderflower vodka and The Authentic Bread Company’s mini Earl Grey hot cross buns.

Organic September highlights

Some of the highlights of 2018’s Organic September include:

  • 08-09 September: Go! Organic Festival, Battersea Park, London
  • 15 September: Organic September Saturday, a day dedicated to indie retailers, where independent retailers will open their doors and offer samples, tastings and talks to showcase their organic fare
  • 22 September: Daylesford Harvest Festival
  • 23 September: Organic ‘Open Gate’ Sunday

What organic certification means

Soil Association is the UK’s leading organic certification body. Whenever you see the Soil Association’s organic symbol on a product, you can be sure what you buy has been produced to the very highest standards. It means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives, the highest standards of animal welfare and no GM ingredients.

Organic has a fully traceable supply chain right back to the farm. It’s inspected at every stage of the process, meaning you really can know what’s in your food and how it has been produced.

‘Small changes can make a huge difference. Choosing organic means helping protect our vital wildlife and reducing your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals. Demand for more organic food means more organic farms. More organic farms mean more wildlife and more animals raised to the highest welfare standards.’

CLARE MCDERMOTT
Soil Association Certification

Benefits of organic

Going organic this September couldn’t be simpler; here are five benefits of making the switch.

Fewer pesticides
Almost 300 pesticides can routinely be used in non-organic farming. Many of these remain in the food we eat, despite washing and cooking.

No artificial colours & preservatives
Hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colourings and preservatives are all banned under organic standards.

Always free range
Organic means the very highest animal welfare as standard.

No routine use of antibiotics
Organic means healthier animals raised without the need for routine or preventative use of antibiotics.

No GM ingredients
GM ingredients and crops are banned under Soil Association standards.