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.

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Join us and benefit from a number of special offers put together just for Soil Association members...
 
Percy’s Country Hotel
Soil Association symbolLocation: Virginstow, Okehampton
Come and stay at Percy’s for four days for only £360 PP DBB inclusive. Spacious rooms include king sized beds and whirlpool baths. Sample our delicious organic food and wine!
 
Little Comfort Farm
Soil Association symbolLocation: Braunton, North Devon
Free delicious home-produced organic breakfast hamper with every holiday booked. Self-Catering holiday cottages and coarse fishing lake at Little Comfort Farm. Stunning countryside location close to North Devon’s golden sandy beaches.
 
The Organic Garden at Holt Farm
Soil Association symbolLocation: Blagdon, North Somerset
Free entry to The Organic Garden for Soil Association members on production of their membership card.
 
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Going the extra mile...

Lynda Brown: As part of my Trustee induction, a few weeks ago found me at an organic dairy getting up close and personal with Soil Association Certification inspection procedures with one of our senior inspectors. Like many consumers who regularly buy organic food, I've often wondered exactly what goes on and how certification officers ensure that their licensees are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

21 July 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0