Organic Your September!
The buying decisions we make are a simple but powerful form of direct action and small changes really can make a big difference. Swapping to organic food has huge benefits for people, animal welfare and the environment. This month marks the Soil Association's Organic September campaign and here at Food for Life Scotland we're looking forward to celebrating Scotland's organic producers and sampling their delicious food.
Here are 5 small changes to get you started.
1. Switch to organic milk
Organic milk is naturally different - no system of farming has milk with higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids or higher standards of animal welfare.
2. Eat less, but better, organic meat
Organic animals enjoy the very highest welfare standards of any farmed animals. They are fed a GM free diet and graze on organic pasture where pesticides are severely restricted.
3. Switch to organic beauty
There are currently no legal standards for organic beauty so some products may be labelled 'organic' even if it doesn't always stand true. Look for the Soil Association symbol to make sure that what you put on your body is as important as what goes in it.
4. Sign up for an organic veg box
Organic farms support 50% more wildlife than non-organic farms, so you're not just treating yourself to the best of British produce, you're also helping to protect bees, birds and butterflies.
5. Brew an organic tea or coffee
Organic tea and coffee is grown without the use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers. Not only does this reduce exposure to chemicals for farm workers, it also means healthier soils and more habitats for birds and wildlife.
How can I get involved in Organic September?
- Visit your local farm shop, independent retailer or supermarket and stock up on organic.
- Find out more about the many events going on throughout the month. Why not hold your own organic celebration?
- Share your organic tips, recipes and photos with us on social media using the hashtag #OrganicSeptember
- Try out some delicious organic recipes which are brought to you by some of the UK’s top chefs.
- Share your organic food stories right here on the Food for Life Scotland website.