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...
 
Wowo Campsite
Soil Association symbolLocation: Uckfield, East Sussex
To each Soil Association member that would like to come camping, we shall give two free crates of wood worth £10. Please book via our website and write in the additional requests field: "Soil Association offer for two crates of free wood please". We will issue you with wood tokens when you check into reception.
 
Dig Good Food
Location: Altrincham, Cheshire
Dig Good Food are an organic food delivery service for Manchester offering Soil Association members 10% discount on their first order. Quote ‘Soil Association’ in the online order form.
 
Vintage Roots - the Organic Wine People
Soil Association members get free delivery from the organic wine people (minimum spend £75, offer ends 20 December 2013). Quote 'VLIVING' when ordering online or over the phone.
 
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Known unknowns and unknown unknowns – a new book on GMOs helps sort things out

Marianne Landzettel: The Soil Association, like other proponents of organic agriculture around the globe, takes a clear stand against GM ingredients in food and crops. But anyone opposed to GM agriculture often finds him or herself between the onslaught of the well-oiled and even better funded PR machine of big agrochemical companies and eminent GM supporters like the former environment minister Owen Paterson who told the Oxford Farming Conference in January that Europe would become a ‘museum of world farming’ without GM.

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