02 Sep Why Organic September?
In the face of environmental changes, rising diet-related dis-ease and statistical declines in our wildlife, the production of healthy food, the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and protect endangered species grows year on year.
While there may be no silver bullet to tackle all of these challenges, the everyday buying decisions that you make are a simple and powerful form of direct action. By choosing organic, you are making decisions about the world that you want to live in.
DID YOU KNOW…
- An incredible near 300 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and are often present in non-organic food.
- Organic means the very highest standards of animal welfare. Organic animals are reared without the routine use of drugs, and antibiotics.
- Organic farms are places of refuge for wildlife and provide homes for wild birds, butterflies and bees – in fact there is up to 50% more wildlife on organic farms!
- Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found significant differences between organic and non-organic farming.
- Hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are banned under organic standards.
- Organic means working with nature, not against it. No system of farming does more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, or protect natural resources like fresh water and healthy soils.
EVERY SMALL STEP YOU TAKE CAN BE A BIG HELP
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to making changes to our diet or shopping habits. Here are a few quick and simple swaps you could make throughout the month without breaking the bank.
Wake up to organic.
Make small changes to your weekly shopping. Organic tea and coffee is grown with fewer pesticides
Buying organic food when it’s in season gives you the best value for money.
Buy in bulk and stock up.
Organic store cupboard essentials can be great value. Everyday staples like canned tomatoes and pasta are the same price as their non organic counterparts.
Support your local independent organic grocer.
Visit one of the 8,000 stores that sell organic across the UK
Try organic beauty.
Your skin is the largest organ, take care of it!
Switch to organic cheese.
Organic cheese is often the same price as non organic.
Try organic milk.
Swap to organic for your daily cuppa for a super simple, but high impact change. Demand for more organic milk means more organic cows raised with higher welfare standards and grazing on pasture that is free from synthetic pesticides and herbicides.
Ask for organic when you’re out and about.
People power can really have an impact and retailers, restaurants and cafés listen to their customers. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Take advantage of all the tasty organic produce on offer this season
and experiment with some new recipes.
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