Know What's in Your Food
Know what’s in your food from field to fork
Do you want to know exactly what’s in your food? All organic food is fully traceable from farm to fork, so you can be sure of what you’re eating. The standards for organic food are laid down in European law so any food labelled as organic must meet strict rules.
Organic food is produced on organic farms using a more natural but strictly controlled system of farm management. Unlike non-organic food production, which makes wide use of manufactured and mined fertilisers and pesticides, organic food is produced with natural fertilisers from plants, less energy and more respect for the animals that provide it.
Organic farming and food production is not easy and takes real commitment and attention to detail, and is backed up by rigorous, independent inspection and certification.
Reduce your exposure to antibiotics
Over a million tonnes of GM crops are imported each year to feed the majority of non-organic livestock. Organically reared animals cannot be fed on genetically modified feed. The most effective way to ensure your diet is GM free is to buy organic.
Shockingly, farm animals account for almost two-thirds of all antibiotics used in the EU and these are passed down to us through the food chain. In organic farming systems the routine or preventative use of antibiotics is banned.
No nasty additions
If you’re concerned about controversial food additives, eating organic is a sure way to avoid the majority of them. GM ingredients, hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are banned under organic standards.
Reduce your exposure to pesticides
Conventional food production makes wide use of pesticides which can pollute water and the environment. Over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and these are often present in non-organic food.
How can I be sure what I'm eating is organic?
Wherever you see the Soil Association organic symbol you can be sure that the food you buy has been produced to the very highest standards!Look for the logo
I choose to cook with organic produce as often as I can. Being conscious of what is being sprayed onto our crops and land, and subsequently what you are putting into your body, is important for the future health of our planet and our bodies.Jourdan Bourke Chef, food stylist & author