Organic September 2018
What is ‘Organic September’?
Organic September is a campaign, running for the whole month, with an aim promote and raise awareness of all things Organic. This includes the farmers, brands, and the products themselves.
In the UK, under European law, in order to be labeled as “organic”, food items have to adhere to strict regulations. Farms and companies face regular checks and inspections to ensure they comply with the rules.
How are organic products different to regular ones?
• They contain no artificial additives or preservatives.
• They conform to higher standards of animal wellbeing and welfare.
• They contain no genetically modified ingredients.
* They contain fewer pesticides
Wait, organic products still contain pesticides?
Yes, organic products can still contain some pesticides, but this will usually be far less then in regular fruit and vegetables, which may contain upto 300 pesticides. Organic farmers can use around 20 pesticides, derived from natural ingredients.
The Soil Association promotes going organic, saying that even choosing to buy one organic item can have far reaching positive effects, such as protecting wildlife and encouraging higher welfare standards.
So if I can only afford to buy a few organic products, what should they be?
In the UK, the “Dirty Dozen” (the worst offenders for having pesticide residue) are:
11. Sweet bell peppers
The fruit and vegetables which don’t tend to show as much difference between organic and non-organic are dubbed the “clean fifteen”, and in the UK this includes:
6. Frozen sweet peas
11. Honeydew Melon
You’ll notice that many of these are fruit and vegetables which you’d remove the skin from before eating or cooking, so you’d remove any residual pesticides lurking on the outside.
For more information about the ‘clean 15’ and ‘dirty dozen’, please see:
Will you try to buy more organic products this month and beyond?
What difference could Brexit mean for organic legislation?