Why is supermarket organic food always packaged?

Supermarket organic food tends to be packaged to ensure that organic and non-organic is not mixed up. It is also packaged to ensure the food is traceable and to protect consumers.

The organic EU regulation stipulates that when loose organic food (ie not packaged) is sold, the shop must have it's own licence. To avoid each supermarket having it's own licence, supermarket organic produce is pre-packed.

If you are worried about packaging, you may wish to get a box scheme. Buying fresh seasonal organic produce from local farmers through a local farmers' market, farm shop or box scheme is a really great way to eat healthily, protect the environment, ensure full traceability and support local farmers and the local economy.

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