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...
10% off at Upper Red House Farm

Upper Red House Farm, LLanvihangel-Ystern-Llewern, Monmouth NP25 5HL
Tel. 01600 780 501 

£1 off at Coffee Plant

Coffee Plant, 180 Portobello Road, London W11 2EB

  • 020 8453 1144
5 free plants at Caves Folly Nurseries

Caves Folly Nurseries, Evendine Lane, Colwall, Nr Malvern, Worcestershire
WR13 6DX
Tel. 01684 540 631

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Get glyphosate out of our bread

Vanessa Kimbell: As a baker, the fact that I find most disturbing is that glyphosate is found in the bread we eat. A study in 2013 by Pan UK revealed that 63% of the loaves analysed contained traces of at least one pesticide, and this year tests by the Defra committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) have reported that up to 30% of UK bread contains glyphosate. If this chemical was being added to our food by a foreign force, and not our farmers, we’d universally agree that we were under attack. Our most basic food, bread, contains traces of a potentially carcinogenic weedkiller. Suddenly a slice of toast has a 1 in 3 chance of being a contributory factor to a devastating disease that, according to Cancer Research UK, causes more than one in four of all deaths in the UK. So this year I will not be picking blackberries. Instead I wander through the field with the feeling that there is something seriously wrong with our food system.

09 October 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

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