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Organic September: the Soil Association’s guide to healthier eating

National Gardening Week's theme is Edible Britain
National Gardening Week's theme is Edible Britain

Food As It Should Be for better health

Organic September is organised by the Soil Association (SA), and you can get involved – or if you’re a novice about eating and growing organically, there is plenty of help out there.

This year’s mission statement is ‘Food As It Should Be’, following in-depth research into the organic consumer last year. Head to www.soilassociation.org for offers, promotions, stories, recipes, and competitions.

I’m new to organic – what does it mean?

When you see the organic symbol, you can be sure what you buy has been produced to the highest standards.

It means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives, the highest standards of animal welfare and no GM ingredients.

Organic food comes from trusted sources. Any food products labelled as organic must meet a strict set of standards which define what farmers and food manufacturers can and cannot do in production.

All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year and the standards for organic food are laid down in European law.

Organic barley
Organic barley

Help for retailers and share stories and recipes

For retailers, free sales packs are available by emailing organicseptember@soilassociation.org. On September 16, there’s a dedicated day of all things organic at independent retailers across the UK.

On the SA’s website, read about the farmers, producers, chefs, parents, and brands who fly the flag for organic and on social media, watch out for the hashtags #ChooseOrganic and #OrganicSeptember.

Follow the SA on Twitter @SoilAssociation and Instagram @theorganiccollective_ they’ll like and retweet to get the message across.

Share your organic stories and recipes and they’ll be included on the website – get in touch on social media and the SA will repost them or email organicseptember@soilassociation.org.

Organically-raised cow
Organically-raised cow

5 reasons to choose organic

  • 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 and preservatives: Hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are all banned by organic standards.
  • No GM ingredients: Crops/ingredients are banned under the SA standards.
  • Always free range: Highest animal welfare standards.
  • No routine use of antibiotics: Happier, healthier animals raised without the need for routine use of antibiotics.

For more information, visit www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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