What is Organic? 

 

Organic is different... In the face of climate change and rising diet-related ill-health, the challenges of producing healthier food, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and protecting wildlife and animal welfare grow more acute by the year.  

Many shoppers choose organic because it tastes good or because they want to avoid many of the chemicals found in non-organic food without fully understanding what makes organically produced food different to conventionally produced food.  

 

Organic means working with nature, not against it. 

Organic food is produced on organic farms using a modern, strictly controlled system of farm management. Unlike non-organic food production, which makes wide use of manufactured and mined fertilisers and pesticides, organic food is produced with natural fertilisers from plants, less energy and more respect for animals that provide it. 

Organic farming means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no weed-killers or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment - this means more wildlife! 

Organic farming and food production is not easy and takes real commitment and attention to detail, and is backed up by rigorous, independent inspection and certification. 

 

Food you can trust

Organic food comes from trusted sources. Any food products labelled as organic must meet a strict set of standards which define what farmers and food manufacturers can and cannot do in the production of organic food.  

All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year and the standards for organic food are laid down in European law. 

 

Combating Climate Change

Organic farming offers the best, currently available, practical model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. This is because it is less dependent on fossil fuel-based fertilisers and pesticides; and it also stores higher levels of carbon in the soil. 

If organic farming was common practice in the UK, we could offset at least 23% of UK agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions through soil carbon sequestration alone!  Organically managed soils are resistant to droughts and floods and therefore more resilient to the impacts of climate change than other farming methods.  

 

Naturally different

Recent studies suggest organic production may result in higher levels of some nutrients and lower levels of undesirable pesticides and chemical residues. Studies show there is between 18% and 69% more antioxidants than food produced using non-organic methods. Correspondingly, studies have shown similar results with milk - there is no system of farming which produces milk with higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids. 

 

So what does organic mean? 

 

1.Artificial chemical fertilisers are prohibited 

Instead organic farmers develop a healthy, fertile soil by growing and rotating a mixture of crops, adding organic matter such as compost or manure and using clover to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere.  

As a result, organic farming reduces disruption to the natural environment and pollution.  

 

2.Pesticides are severely restricted 

Non-organic food production makes wide use of pesticides.   Around 31,000 tonnes of chemicals are used in farming in the UK each year to kill weeds, insects and other pests that attack crops.

These are severely reduced on organic farms. - Soil Association organic farmers are able to use just eight, derived from natural ingredients, but only under very restricted circumstances.   This makes organic farms a haven for wildlife and provides homes for bees, birds and butterflies. In fact, plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% greater on organic farms. 

 

3.Animal welfare is at the heart of the system and organic animals are truly free-range 

No system of farming has higher animal welfare standards than farms working to Soil Association organic standards.  

As well as requiring that animals are genuinely free range, organic standards cover living conditions, food quality, the use of antibiotics and hormones, as well as transport and slaughter.  

 

4.Protecting our soil for future generations to grow healthy food

Organic farming creates a healthy living soil.  Organic farmers aim to select crop varieties with natural resistance to particular pests and diseases, with the aim of reducing or avoiding disease problems and the need to control them with chemical inputs.   A mixed farming approach with crop rotations helps break cycles of pests and disease and builds fertility in the soil.

 

5.The routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers is banned 

The British Medical Association is concerned that the "risk to human health from antibiotic resistance is one of the major health threats that could be faced in the 21st century". In organic farming systems, animals are reared without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers common in intensive livestock farming – routine or preventative use of antibiotics is banned. The farmer will instead use preventative methods, like moving animals to fresh pasture and keeping smaller herd and flock sizes.     

 

6.Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are banned.

Over a million tonnes of GM crops are imported each year to feed the majority of non-organic livestock which produce chicken, eggs, pork, bacon, milk, cheese and other dairy products. 

GM ingredients, animal feed and crops are banned under Soil Association Organic Standards.  

 

Here at Made for Life Organics we are determined to spread the word and give clarity to the word and meaning behind "organic". We would like to thank you as our loyal customers for choosing to use our skincare and helping towards a better, healthier way of living. Good for you. Good for the planet.

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