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...
 
Greenfibres
Soil Association symbolLocation: Totnes, Devon and Online
Fluffy and absorbent, Soil Association certified undyed organic cotton towels will bring a smile to your face and a clean conscience to your bathroom. Quote SA20 and receive 20% off. Available online, by phone or in the shop in Totnes.
 
Vital Touch Natalia
Soil Association certified15% off Natalia pregnancy skincare, a supportive range of 22 natural and organic skincare products for pregnancy, labour and birth. Also available in six different gift boxes. Enter offer code V1TSA01 at the checkout.
 
Rossiter Organic Butcher
Soil Association symbolLocation: Birmingham
Delivery free for orders over £30 (within a two mile radius).
 
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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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