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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...
Preserves offer at Hembridge Organics

Hembridge Organics, 1 Yew Tree Cottage, Hembridge, East Pennard, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6TZ
Tel. 01749 860 693

10% off at Hodmedod Ltd

Hodmedod Ltd,The Bean Store, Unit 8, Halesworth Business Centre, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8QJ

10% off at The Worm that Turned Ltd

The Worm That Turned, 120-122 Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 5FB
Tel. 0115 9482800


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Holly Black: For the past two months I have been eating a locavore diet; that is to say, I have been eating only food produced within 100 miles of Bristol. It might sound a bit extreme, but it's all part of a research project called Going Local Going Green, where a group of 4 Bristol dwellers have been looking at what it really means to go local and go green in our fair city - including the way in which we buy and eat our food. We've been keeping video blogs on the locavore diet and on different aspects of the research on our website.

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