Why organic?

Organic is always natural

Organic means working with nature, using real ingredients, and with fully traceable systems of production governed by quality standards. All our brands, producers and growers uphold these accreditations and our shared values for a healthier planet and a happier you!

When it comes to organic, we’re making an investment for ourselves and others.

Can anyone claim to be organic?

Unlike most food and production assurance schemes, organic products are subject to statutory control and governed by legal standards.  Once a producer or processor decides to go organic, they become subject to a UK/EU Regulation and must be registered with an approved control body. This ensures that strict organic standards are met.

Is organic expensive/affordable?

Organic can be more expensive but not always! If comparing own brand supermarket organic ranges with branded items, organic can often be a similar price or even cheaper.

Simply put though, organic costs more to produce. However organic production practices do not have costly environmental impacts, such as the expense of cleaning up polluted water courses and treating drinking water to remove chemicals used in some non-organic production.

Shopping organic is worth it for reasons that go beyond personal health but for the future of the environment and our children’s planet.

While people argue that organic food is too expensive, the reality is that non-organic food is often too cheap with hidden costs paid by the environment or by the workers who made it. UK consumers spend £120 billion on food each year yet there are serious environmental and health-related costs that generate a further £116 billion. These costs are not paid for by the food and farming businesses that cause them, nor are they included in the retail price of food. Instead, they are being passed on to the public through taxation, lost income due to ill health, and the price of mitigating and adapting to climate change and environmental degradation.

You might find this article on the ‘true cost’ of food interesting.

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Is organic better for you?

In 2014, ground-breaking research by Newcastle University found that organic is nutritionally different, with some organic crops up to 60% higher in several key antioxidants. In 2016, another study found that both organic meat and milk contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic products. You can read about the key finds of these studies here. You may also be intrigued to understand more about the power of omega-3 when looking at dopamine levels and anti-depressant qualities here.

Organic meat and milk containing significant levels of omega 3 fatty acids, learn more here.

The importance of omega 3s fatty acids, learn more here.

There is also emerging research on pesticide consumption and personal health in both male and female fertility as well as associated effects on neural development, whether its ADHD type symptoms, pervasive development, or just general long-term cognitive performance. You can learn more about these studies here.

Organic farming and the environment?

Organic farming is about producing food in a way that looks after people, animals, society, and the environment. Not only is organic farming home to more wildlife, but it also reduces pollution and helps future-proof our land and soil. It has significant potential to help tackle climate change – if all UK farmland was converted to organic, it is estimated that 1.3 million tonnes more carbon would be taken up by the soil each year – the equivalent of taking nearly 1 million cars off the road! Learn more here.

Remember the issue is not space to farm its distribution and waste that remains a global issue. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the world already produces enough food. Up to one-third of all food grown doesn’t make it to our plates.

How do we grow enough food in an environmentally friendly way? We believe organic food production can offer real and practical solutions.

Organic farming practical solutions, learn more here.

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