BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 31 May '19

Organic isn’t just better for your health – it’s also an excellent indicator of fairer animal treatment

This article first appeared in our spring ’19 issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, The Organic Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 31 May 2019. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Buying organic has lots of advantages on top of reducing the pesticides and chemicals in the products you eat and use. Research from social enterprise Giki reveals that organic is an excellent indicator of fairer animal treatment.

Personal Care Products

Organic personal care products are seven times more likely not to be tested on animals than non-organic personal care products.

According to research from Giki, 80.5% of the organic personal care products in its ethical shopping app have also been awarded the ‘No Animal Testing’ badge. In comparison, just 12.2% of the non-organic products have received this badge.

Brand examples (with ‘Organic’ and ‘No Animal Testing’ Giki badges):
Dr. Bronner’s, Little Soap Company, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Organic Shop, Urtekram, Weleda

Meat and fish

100% of organic meat and fish products have good animal welfare, compared with a handful of non-organic meat and fish products. Buying organic is an excellent indicator of good animal welfare.

The Giki research reveals that 100% of the organic meat and products in the Giki app have been awarded the ‘Animal Welfare’ badge, compared with just 3.5% of the non-organic products.

Brand examples (with ‘Organic’ and ‘Animal Welfare’ Giki badges):
Daylesford, Good Herdsman, The Black Farmer, Helen Browning’s Organic

Giki logo

Pick what matters

Giki rates products not on price, but on whether a product fits with what matters to you.

Giki’s mobile app contains 280,000 rated products; with a scan of the barcode, you can view a product’s performance across sustainability, health and fairness – plus conduct your own Palm Oil Audit – to find alternatives that better match your values.

Choose which Giki badges matter to you, and only pick the products that have won them.

The ‘Animal Welfare’ badge is only awarded after a product has been checked against certification standards from the Soil Association, RSPCA Assured and EU Organic.

The ‘No Animal Testing’ badge is awarded to products that have met the standards of Cruelty Free International, NATRUE, BDIH and the Vegan Society. A manufacturer’s on-packclaim of ‘no animal testing’ is also acknowledged.

Download the free app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.