Posted on 31st August 2017
Once again, the Soil Association are bringing us the hugely popular Organic September. The month long campaign is designed to raise the profile of organic and promote the amazing farmers, producers and brands who work hard to produce delicious organic food in the UK.
Taking part is easy, the Soil Association have pulled together a handy database of recipes, offers and events – just head over to their website for a kick-start: https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/
It’s a no brainer – the more people buying organic, the larger the demand and the more organic farms. An increase in organic farming means fewer pesticides, healthier ecosystems and a healthier planet.
For the planet:
– Healthy soils are a significant store of carbon, switching to organic farming could save 64 million tonnes of carbon over 20 years: the equivalent of taking nearly a million cars off the road.
– Widespread adoption of organic farming could offset at least 23% of UK agriculture’s current greenhouse gas emissions.
Four our Health:
– Organic crops contain up to 68% more antioxidants than non-organic.
– Organic fruit + veg contain lower concentrations of pesticides and the toxic heavy metal cadmium.
– Research suggests that if all UK farming was organic, pesticide use would drop by 98%! Government testing in 2015 found pesticide residues in 43% of British food.
For our ecosystems:
– Many pesticides in non-organic farming affect wildlife + the environment, either by poisoning, contaminating the water or disrupting ecosystems.
– New research suggests some pesticides are harmful to our bees, aquatic life, birds and butterflies.
With increasing evidence that making the change to organic has a positive impact on our health and a significant benefit to our planet it seems more important than ever to #chooseorganic.
Keep your eyes peeled for exciting Organic September competitions and recipes or pop over to the Soil Association website for more facts and info: https://www.soilassociation.org/