Organic September

Organic September

Soil Association launches top food swaps for Organic September

Organic September, the UK’s biggest and best celebration of all things organic, is now upon us. Today, 1 September 2016, the Soil Association reveals ‘top food swaps’ people can make to support our environment, animal welfare and our health by choosing organic food. Organic September is supported by Good Energy, whose 100% renewable electricity is another simple step – just like buying organic.

Helen Browning, Soil Association chief executive, explains: “Swapping everyday items like carrots, chicken or yogurt for organic alternatives can all make surprisingly large differences. If everyone makes a small change we can make a huge difference to our world. Choosing organic means helping protect our vital wildlife and reducing your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals. You’ll also be helping to support the farming families who work hard to grow our food with care for the generations to come.”

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Organic means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of our countryside- this means more wildlife! Organic fruit, veg, meat and milk are also nutritionally different – showing the way we farm really does affect the quality of our food.

TOP FOOD SWAPS FOR ORGANIC SEPTEMBER

Yogurt: If the 24 million households that buy yoghurt swapped to organic, even just once, almost 2,000 more cows would be free to range on clover rich organic pastures. Meanwhile, organic dairy contains around 50% more beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids than non-organic. Switching to organic yoghurt will make a big difference to the lives of farm animals.

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