Buy organic

The Soil Association believes that our current energy-intensive consumption habits are unsustainable, in the face of depleting energy, oil and water supplies and the UK's commitment to cut our climate change emissions 80% by 2050. There is no magic bullet to tackle the challenges that face us, but the buying decisions we make every day are a simple but powerful form of direct action.

There are lots of things that you can do as an individual or as part of a community, to help to reduce part of the environmental impact of your food and to support your local food economy. Shopping at farmers' markets, buying direct from producers via box schemes or joining a community supported agriculture scheme for example are all great ways of driving change through your buying decisions.

While many of us associate organic with food, there is also a growing market in organic textiles and health and beauty products. Because organic describes the underlying system of agricultural production buying organic products helps to support the climate-friendly farming that is going to be so important as we face up to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

You can find information in this section on finding a local box scheme or farmers market and discover more about organic textiles and health and beauty products. And for those of us who worry about the extra cost of buying organic we've got a guide to buying organic on a budget or setting up an organic buying group to help you save money.

Membership offers

Join us and benefit from a number of special offers put together just for Soil Association members...
 
Caves Folly Nurseries
Soil Association symbolLocation: Malvern, Worcestershire
Self catering accommodation on small organic nursery on the Herefordshire slopes of the Malvern Hills. Sleeps 6, only £50 per night with a free selection of any 5 plants from our nursery to Soil Association members.
 
Embercombe - beekeeping course
Location: Exeter, Devon
Natural Beekeeping Courses at Organic Sustainability centre in Devon. For Soil Association members, every course booking gets a free Embercombe music CD, and 10% off beehive orders.
 
Alara Wholefoods
Soil Association certifiedBuy one product, and get 7 other Alara cereals to try! Place an order through our website, then email admin@alara.co.uk with your name, address and quote ORGANICCONNECT12 to be granted a free 7-day sample pack on top of your order! Great way to stay healthy and discover new favourite breakfasts, so start your day the organic way.
 
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GM – It’s no chickenfeed...

Marianne Landzettel: "Why don’t producers who feed their animals GM soy or maize have to say so on the label?" came the question from the back. Janet Jones raises grass fed organic cattle in Cornwall and the information we got during the ‘GM threat’ workshop at the Organic Producers’ Conference left her as exasperated as the rest of the audience. GMO labelling turns out to be a complicated issue with the rules being made in Brussels. A ‘GM-free’ label however is a different matter and one that really can make a difference.

05 January 2015 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 0