Buy organic

The Soil Association believes that our current energy-intensive consumption habits are unsustainable, in the face of depleting energy, oil and water supplies and the UK's commitment to cut our climate change emissions 80% by 2050. There is no magic bullet to tackle the challenges that face us, but the buying decisions we make every day are a simple but powerful form of direct action.

There are lots of things that you can do as an individual or as part of a community, to help to reduce part of the environmental impact of your food and to support your local food economy. Shopping at farmers' markets, buying direct from producers via box schemes or joining a community supported agriculture scheme for example are all great ways of driving change through your buying decisions.

While many of us associate organic with food, there is also a growing market in organic textiles and health and beauty products. Because organic describes the underlying system of agricultural production buying organic products helps to support the climate-friendly farming that is going to be so important as we face up to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

You can find information in this section on finding a local box scheme or farmers market and discover more about organic textiles and health and beauty products. And for those of us who worry about the extra cost of buying organic we've got a guide to buying organic on a budget or setting up an organic buying group to help you save money.

Membership offers

Join us and benefit from a number of special offers put together just for Soil Association members...
 
Norwegian Wood Organic B&B
Location: Paignton, Devon
£50.00 bank transfer secures one night for organic bed and breakfast, with a consultation for iridology and Nutritional Naturopathy with Heather who is a member of the Institute for Learning.
 
BodyMatter Oat Crunch
Location: London and Scotland
BodyMatter Granola has a great offer on in Whole Foods Market. Shops in Camden, Clapham, High Street Kensington, Soho, Stoke Newington and Giffnock, Glasgow. Organic Oat Crunch Original Granola wheat-free & cholesterol lowering was £3.99 now £3.20/500grams.
 
Hembridge Organics
Soil Association symbolLocation: Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Buy a large organic veg box (usual price £11.50) for the price of a regular veg box - £8.50.  Free delivery Shepton Mallet, Street, Glastonbury and Wells area, quote code SA80 when ordering.
 
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Do you know where your chicken comes from?

Anna Louise Batchelor: Just in time for the weekend roast, the BBC have published an in-depth article questioning "Do you know where your chicken comes from?". Against the backdrop of a visit to an intensive chicken farm, the journalist set out to question how much we know about the rearing of chickens and to challenge how much we are prepared to pay to eat one.

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