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...
 
Rawr Chocolate
Soil Association symbolLocation: Cambridge and Online
15% off your first online order or buy 4 bars and get the 5th free at Cambridge Farmers' Outlet on Lensfield Road. Visit www.rawrchoc.com/soil-association
 
Primrose Organic Centre B&B
Soil Association symbolLocation: Felindre, Hay-on-Wye
SA Members who stay in our B&B are offered 25% discount on monthly gardening course OR £3 ppn discount for farm tour/meal (minimum 4 people) on production of membership card.
 
Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm
Soil Association symbolLocation: Cupar, Fife
Join our Veg. Box delivery scheme – pay by Standing Order (normally £15, but only £14 with S.O.) and receive a £10 voucher to spend in our shop or cafe.
 
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Do you know where your chicken comes from?

Anna Louise Batchelor: Just in time for the weekend roast, the BBC have published an in-depth article questioning "Do you know where your chicken comes from?". Against the backdrop of a visit to an intensive chicken farm, the journalist set out to question how much we know about the rearing of chickens and to challenge how much we are prepared to pay to eat one.

13 November 2014 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 2

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