Why is organic so good? Well, to put it simply, organically growing food is less harmful for our farmlands, our farm animals and for us...
The Cambridge Dictionary definition of organic is: "Not using artificial chemicals in the growing of plants and animals for food and other products."
It’s no secret that agriculture has been vilified as a primary cause of the climate crisis, with food and farming regularly linked to a third of climate emissions, 70% of water use and 60% loss of biodiversity.
But, organic farmers across the world are proving that farming doesn't have to be the problem, it can be part of the solution. Not only does an organic approach to farming prevent more harm being caused, but it actually helps to reverse this harm by restoring soil health, building back biodiversity and reducing emissions by storing carbon in the soil.
The UK's leading organic certifying body, The Soil Association, maintains if Europe’s farmland all followed organic principles, agricultural emissions could drop by 40-50% by 2050, with plenty to feed the growing population on healthy diets.
Good food is essential for our health. And an increasing body of work keeps proving how essential it is for the health of the planet, too. But, how do we know what ‘good food’ actually is?
For a long time, organic has had a reputation of being a luxury product. Now, an increasing number of people in the UK are seeing organic for what it is intended to be: a way to produce the products we need, while respecting people, animals and the planet’s boundaries.
We've all heard that age-old saying, "we are what we eat". Well, when we eat 'conventional' non-organic food, we're ingesting all of the nasty chemicals that have been used in the production of our food. With certified organic food, we know what we're eating is produced in tune with nature. Plus, an increasing body of research is proving it's better for us, too.
Still wondering: ‘Is there really any difference with organic?’ and ‘Is it really worth the extra money?’ Read our articles above.