September is the month that The Soil Association choose to promote organic foods and products, so I am going to be doing my bit to help people understand what the benefits of organic food, skincare products and cotton are this month.
What is organic?
Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and the food we eat. Strict regulations, known as ‘standards’, define what organic farmers can and cannot do – and place a strong emphasis on the protection of wildlife and the environment. In organic farming:
- pesticides are severely restricted – instead organic farmer develop nutrient-rich soil to grow strong healthy crops and encourage wildlife to help control pests and disease
- artificial chemical fertilisers are prohibited – instead organic farmers develop a healthy, fertile soil by growing and rotating a mixture of crops using clover to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere
- animal cruelty is prohibited and a truly free-range life for farm animals is guaranteed
- the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers is disallowed – instead the farmer will use preventative methods, like moving animals to fresh pasture and keeping smaller herd size
- genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are banned under organic standards
The paragraph above is taken directly from The Soil Association website.
How is organic farming different to conventional farming?