I often get asked what does organic REALLY mean? or I don’t buy into that whole organic thing. This really frustrates us at The Natural Way.
Organic Certification of products REALLY DOES make a big different to the way the product is produced, how ingredients are grown and sourced, as well as the welfare of the workers and even animals!!
Organic food doesn’t contain controversial additives or hydrogenated fats and is guaranteed GM free. There are virtually no pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. There is very often a much shorter supply chain for organic food.
Organic standards are the rules and regulations that define how an organic product must be made. Organic standards for food are laid down in European Union (EU) law. Anything labelled ‘organic’ that is for human consumption must meet these standards as a minimum. The standards cover all aspects of food production, from animal welfare and wildlife conservation, to food processing, to packaging.
Organic standards ensure that you can be certain that you are buying a genuine organic product that has been produced in line with our principles. Imported organic foods must have been produced and inspected to equivalent standards. There must also be full traceability of organic ingredients back to the farmer.
There a number of different certification bodies in the UK which carry out the inspections and paperwork to ensure that the standards are being met. The Soil Association is one of only a very few of these bodies that have chosen to set standards that are higher than the EU minimum in several areas such as GM, animal welfare and nature conservation. We have also developed standards for areas not covered by government or EU regulations. These include fish farming, textiles and health and beauty care products.
If we all make a small change to our everyday shopping together we’ll make a big difference.
Oh and don’t forget if your in the local area (Braintree, Bishops Stortford) we run an organic box scheme.. click out our site