In the past decades, we as consumers have shown an increasing demand for socially and environmentally friendly products, such as organic food, cosmetics, household detergents, textiles and so on.
Studies show that there is a slight confusion around the term organic among the consumers: whether it’s trustworthy, controlled, the quality and so on.
I hope I will clear this out throughout this article.
ORGANIC MEANS WORKING WITH NATURE, NOT AGAINST IT.
All legally produced organic products are labelled with a charity certification symbol, such as Soil Association, this labelling is for consumers to easily recognise organic products.
Soil Association is the UK’s largest organic certification body.
When you see the organic symbol, you can be certain that what you buy has been produced to the highest standards. Organic means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives, the highest standards of animal welfare and no GM ingredients. Getting organic certification is not easy. When you buy organic products you can be sure it comes from trusted sources and you know what you are buying really is what it says on the label.
All certified organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year and the standards for organic food is strictly regulated and laid down via the European Law.
What are the benefits of going organic?
When you buy certified Organic it means you support a system that is working with nature not against it. No system of farming does more to reduce greenhouse emission from agriculture or protect natural resources like fresh water and healthy soils. Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies.
In fact, there is up to 50% more wildlife on an organic farm!
Researched published in the British Journal of Nutrition found significant differences between organic and non-organic farming. The study shows that organic food is higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides, which is shown to be more beneficial for your own health and wellbeing.
In organic farming systems, animals are always free range and the best standards of animal welfare are reared without routine use of drugs, antibiotics common in intensive livestock farming.
Hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours, preservatives and GM are banned under organic standards, meaning no artificial colours or preservatives have been used.
Just to put some more facts on the table, almost 300 pesticides can routinely be used in non-organic farming in the UK and these are often presented in non-organic food.
31,000 tones of manufactured chemicals are used in farming each year to kill weeds, insects and other pests.
Research suggests that if all farming in England and Wales was organic, pesticides use would drop by 98%. Governments testing in 2015 found pesticide residues in 43% of British food, and many of these contain more than one pesticide. In 2015, over 17,800 tonnes of pesticides were used on British farms to kill weeds, insects and control crop diseases.
So here you got a tiny insight and hopefully, it also gave you a better understanding of the importance of organic products, how strict the regulations and laws are for the certification and how ethics is a key part of its philosophy.
We need to look better after ourselves, the soil and environment – buying organic products are one big step in the right direction.
If we damage our soil we also damage the main source of where our food is produced. The soil is packed with good bacterias, minerals and other good components our food needs to give us the nutrition we need to obtain a healthy life. So please, next time you go shopping, be more aware of what kind of products you are buying and how your choice will influence the world we are living in.
- gov.uk, 2013. Environmental management – guidance Organic certification and standards
- Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses
- Reduce your exposure to pesticides
- Soil association – organic vs non-organic