3rd - 18th September 2011
organic is defined by law and in the UK it is managed by The Soil Association.
Organic is a ‘whole system’ approach to farming and food production which
recognises the close interrelationships between all parts of the production
system - from soil to consumer.
places where organic food is sold, the costs tend to be much higher than the
available non-organic foods which are sold alongside them, leading many people
to opt for the cheaper products. This article will explain what the word
organic really means in practical terms, both in relation to the environment
and the consumer.
produced or labelled as organic must meet a strict set of standards which include:-
Restricting the use of artificial chemical fertilisers
The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic farming or
food processing is strictly prohibited
Producing food of high quality in sufficient quantity.
Maintaining the long term fertility and biological activity of soils.
livestock ethically, meeting their physiological and behavioural needs.
• Rearing animals without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers
which is common in intensive livestock farming
• Respecting regional, environmental, climatic and geographic differences and
(appropriate) practices that have evolved in response to them.
• Maximising use of renewable resources and recycling and minimise pollution and
process of converting from non-organic to organic status can take up to two
years, with regular monitoring and inspections throughout the period and all
organic farms are routinely inspected at least once a year after they have been
licensed to ensure the standards are upheld.
natural extra wastage as the result of not using pesticides contributes to why
organic foods tend to be more expensive. However, if you take into consideration
the £120m which British tax-payers pay every year for chemicals to be removed
from drinking water, mainly as a result of the pesticides used in farming, it
could be argued that the cost of organic produce is reasonable.
Organic fruit and vegetables tend to grow
more slowly and have a lower water content, which contributes towards the fuller
flavour to which many organic eaters attest.