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Organic v Non-organic

Sunday September 10, 2017
Organic v Non-organic

Many people are now choosing organic fruit and vegetables to avoid the chemical sprays used in intensive farming and to safeguard the environment. The term ‘organic’ is highly regulated, therefore growers and producers cannot legally claim organic without certification – the highest standard offered by the Soil Association.

According to the Soil Association, organic means:

- Fewer pesticides
Almost 300 pesticides can routinely be used in non-organic farming. Many of these remain in the food we eat, despite washing and cooking.

- No artificial colours and preservatives
Hydrogenated fats and controversial artificial food colours and preservatives are all banned by organic standards.

- Always free range
Organic means the very highest animal welfare standards.

- No routine use of antibiotics
Organic means happier, healthier animals raised without the need for routine use of antibiotics.

- No GM ingredients
GM ingredients and crops are banned under Soil Association standards.

Furthermore, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University has shown that organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones. Analysing 343 studies into the compositional differences between organic and conventional crops, the team found that a switch to eating organic fruit, vegetable and cereals – and food made from them – would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

This adds more support to the Soil Association’s campaign that organic food is beneficial for good health and chieving wellbeing. In fact this year’s campaign message being ‘organic is food as it should be, better for the environment and animal welfare’ accompanied by the #ChooseOrganic hashtag on social media. 

Organic September Saturday


A new element to the campaign is Organic September Saturday, a dedicated day of organic in independent retailers led by the Soil Association, with the inaugural event on 16 September. There are so many organic alternatives widely available from organic teas, dairy products, sauces, cereals and nutritional supplements along with skin care products that local specialist health food stores are best placed for shoppers to discover the world of organic.


Eating or incorporating organic your diet and lifestyle does not always mean paying for more - it can be the small switches to your weekly shop. Eg Try swapping your normal pasta or cereal for an organic variety.  How do you know if product is certified organic? Look for the Soil Association certification logo. For more information about organic visit:

For nutritional advice or ideas of how to incorporate organic into your lifestyle, visit your local independent health food store at


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