Organic certification

Organic food has multiple advantages.  According to the Soil Association, the food and farming industries are responsible for more than 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.  This is largely due to manufacturing nitrogen fertiliser.  By cutting the demand for nitrogen fertiliser, organic farming is contributing towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions.  Organically farmed animals are allowed space to roam free-range, and organic certification demands that animals are treated kindly and without cruelty. 

In order to qualify as organic, food must be produced under certain conditions verified by the Soil Association.  These cover food production and packaging, animal welfare and wildlife conservation.  Organic food must not contain unnecessary food additives, which can be harmful to both humans and the environment.  A complete guide to organic standards is available on the Soil Assocation website.

Organic food suppliers can deliver organic produce directly to your door.  Abel and Cole offers a wide range of organic produce, from fruit and vegetable boxes to wine and food for the kitchen cupboard.  Another firm, The Organic Delivery Company, sells a similar range of food but operates within London and the M25. 

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