This month, Soil Association are launching their 'Organic September' campaign with support from Good Energy. The idea behind it is to make small and affordable shopping changes to incorporate more organic products into our lifestyles. Over the next 30 days, Soil Association will be sharing free downloads, tips, offers, recipes and competitions.
Buying organic does make a difference, even if it is just organic tea, or picking up the organic carrots rather than the regular ones sat next to them. These little things seem small right? But the small things are the ones that when added up together make the biggest difference. Going organic, even on a few products, doesn't just mean you are putting less toxic chemicals into your body. It means you are supporting farmers who are trying to keep old methods of farming alive, farmers who are battling against huge GMO companies such as Monsanto, and farmers who value the welfare of their animals and land. It also means you are helping our environment. The more GMOs and pesticides being sprayed on our crops are leading to an increase in health problems and a decline in bees, as well as other wildlife. We need bees to pollinate plants so we can eat fruits, vegetables, enjoy flowers and so much more.
This is a great campaign from the Soil Association and we are lucky to have such groups that do stand up for organic standards. However we also believe that farmers shouldn't have to pay premiums for their produce to be labelled organic, which is just one of the many reasons organic produce can be so expensive. There are many producers out there who are selling organic produce, who are not officially labelled as organic because they can not or will not pay the fees to be given the right to do so. It should be the GMO produce labelled instead, not the other way round. It is a backward system we have going on here. Farmers have to pay a premium cost to verify that their food hasn't been sprayed with toxic chemicals or genetically manipulated? Anyway we love the idea of Organic September and hope it continues each year with just as much enthusiasm.