Welcome to Organic September
It’s Organic September, a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming. Whenever you choose organic blueberries or black beans, you’re choosing to support biodiversity and wildlife. Buying organic produce can ultimately help combat climate change and help to increase the standards of animal welfare. It’s just food as it should be, and a choice that you can trust.
What is organic?
How exactly does a food get classified as an organic product? Organic is defined as a system of farming and food production that aims to produce sufficient quantities of high-quality food. Organic farmers do this by working to a strict set of standards. They ensure that their methods maintain the health of the local ecosystems and people who live within them. The result is a system that benefits both plants and the wider planet.
According to the Soil Association, ‘It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers.’ Plus many more benefits for the natural environment that will make wildlife thrive.
Why is organic farming important?
1) It’s good for the environment
Organic produce is designed to respect nature by using no artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It also results in healthier soil by nourishing them with compost, nitrogen-fixing crops and crop rotations that are 25% more effective at storing carbon in the long-term.
2) It encourages greater biodiversity
Organic farming increases biodiversity in plants, animals, insects and microbes. An analysis of 66 scientific studies showed that organic farms have 30% more species on average than non-organic ones.
3) Organic farming produces fewer greenhouse gases
Studies have found that organic farms release significantly less greenhouse gas than their non-organic counterparts. One reason for this is that healthy soils are a major source of carbon storage.
In fact, the Soil Association has estimated if all UK farming resorted to organic methods then at least 1.3 million tonnes of carbon would be captured by the soil each year. That’s like taking nearly 1 million cars off the road at once!
Ocado & organic
We wouldn’t shout so much about organic if we weren’t able to offer plenty of organic choice. The Soil Association has also confirmed that Ocado has more organic products than any other supermarket – that’s 3,000 and counting.
So if you’re thinking of making the switch in Organic September, then why not start with the basics? Everyday products like milk, vegetables, rice and more are all available from organic producers.
And we’ve conveniently grouped them all in our Organic September aisle. The Soil Association stamp functions like our organic ‘seal of approval’, so make sure to look out for it as you shop.