It's easier than you think to choose organic
Switching to just one extra organic item really can help contribute to changing our food and farming systems for the better. Demand for more organic food means more organic farms. More organic farms mean fewer pesticides, more wildlife and more animals raised under the very highest standards.
Going organic doesn't have to break the bank. Many organic products are the same price or cheaper than branded non-organic and most retailers also have their own organic range.
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Organic food is available nationwide in over 8,000 supermarkets and independent retailers, box schemes, restaurants and cafes.
Why does organic sometimes cost more?
In an ideal world, organic wouldn’t need to be more expensive. A big part of the problem is that the true cost of our food isn’t reflected in the price, both the positives and the negatives. So food that is produced in ways that may contaminate our water, or lead to antibiotic resistance in people, may seem cheap in the store, but the real cost can be very high indeed.
Where there is a price difference, you are paying for the special care organic farmers place on protecting the environment and improving animal welfare. As the costs of farming with oil-based fertilisers and chemicals increase, the price gap between organic and non-organic is closing.
While organic food is sometimes more expensive than non-organic, staples like pulses, pasta, rice and wholegrains often only differ in price by a couple of pence, and when you can, buying directly from farmers like through box schemes, helps too. Organic sales are up in the UK (and across Europe and US) and more and more shops are offering a good range of organic.
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Good things happen when you go organic. Support your local organic farmer and choose organic.