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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 27th September 2018

Give Organic a Go

This month sees the return of Organic September, an initiative by the Soil Association to encourage the whole nation to try organic. Throughout the month shops, farms and producers are inviting everyone to join them and experience what it means to be organic and why organic is food as it should be.

Organic September has been perfectly timed to see some of Britain’s – and our very own Garden of England’s – most popular everyday fruits and vegetables coming into season such as apples, blackberries, pears and plums, while vegetables include beetroot, carrots, field mushrooms, kale, leeks, lettuce, potatoes, pumpkin and squashes, sweetcorn, tomatoes and watercress.

However, it is not only fruit and vegetables that are organic, it’s the full shopping basket: this year alone, more than 1,000 new products were certified by Soil Association Certification.

Having a Soil Association accreditation means whenever you see the organic symbol on a product you can be sure what you buy has been produced to the very highest standards. It means fewer pesticides, no artificial additives or preservatives, the highest standards of animal welfare and no GM ingredients.

Organic has a fully-traceable supply chain right back to the farm. It’s inspected at every stage of the process meaning you really can know what’s in your food and how it has been produced.

• For more information, visit www.soilassociation.org/organicseptember

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