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...
 
Stroud Brewery
Soil Association symbolLocation: Stroud, Gloucestershire and Online
Visit www.stroudbrewery.co.uk and sign up to the Stroud Brewery newsletter ‘Beer-E News’, and receive 10% off all Stroud Brewery beers. (Discount limited to first 100 members to redeem their discount code).
 
Southern Solar
Location: Southern England and Wales
5% discounts offered on all solar thermal and solar pv systems to Soil Association members – just quote SA0313 plus a free Solar Energy Report
 
Northdown Orchard
Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
For new vegetable box or bag delivery orders order 4 weeks and get 1 free. Please mention Organic Connect when ordering.
 
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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.

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