What is organic?

Food, clothes, skincare, cleaning products – every day we’re bombarded with adverts for products which are certified organic. But what does that mean and is it really better?

Organic has a slightly different definition for food and non-food products, but essentially for something to be classed as organic it must be:

  • made using environmentally friendly methods
  • made with the highest animal welfare standards
  • grown and manufactured without any harmful chemicals

Why choose organic?

There are lots of reasons to choose organic food and non-food products, here are just a few:

      1. Organic food is proven to have better nutritional value than non-organic food
      2. Organic food is free from controversial additives including aspartame, tartrazine and MSG
      3. Organic farming is better for the environment as it reduces pollution and greenhouse gases by restricting the use of artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
      4. Organic farms are wildlife havens, providing homes for endangered species like bees and butterflies who aren’t in danger from harmful chemicals
      5. Organic farms must look after their animals to very high welfare standards, including their feed and where they live.
      6. Organic products must be free from GM ingredients.

It’s not just food that starts life in nature. The natural fabrics in your clothes can be grown in farms, the ingredients in your shampoo, or even in the cleaning products you use all come from nature originally. Make sure you know that they have been made in a way that is good for the environment and good for you.

For more information on choosing organic, check out the Soil Association.

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