Organic heroes

Read about the Soil Association's organic heroes - the inspiring stories of the people who make it all happen. We asked them about their jobs, their lives, and what keeps them awake at night...

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Abi and Margaret Weeds of Essential Care in Suffolk

"We'd like to continue breaking the boundaries in creating unsurpassed quality organic, ethical health & beauty products, so even more people can enjoy their benefits and lead a healthier, safer lifestyle."

Andrew Davenport of QR Composting Solutions in Bingfield, Newcastle upon Tyne

"This method of composting completely transformed the compost I made and also my garden. I became hooked and developed a fascination for the method and its history..."

Angus and Shoo Oliphant of Miniscoff Organic Children's Meals in Wiltshire

"Natural is good, but organic is natural certified, so it's more controlled. Most other claims are far too prone to abuse and shameless spin."

Bob Kennard of Graig Producers in Wales

"Organic is a fiendishly complex message to get over to the consumer when compared with single message foods, such as local, fair trade and free-range yet it has many of the answers to our current difficulties with food production."

Christopher Dawson of Clearspring in West London

"The sustainability of any endeavour or concept depends on organic principles, yin and yang, movement and rest. The same applies to agriculture. No rules, no game."

Dale Orr of Churchtown Farm in County Down

"I decided that organic farming was the only way I wanted to farm because it is sustainable and gives due consideration to animal welfare and the environment."

Dr Mariano Spiezia of Inlight organic skincare

"Organic status has been my choice to guarantee to our customers that we are using the best ingredients in order to create products without any harmful chemicals to promote health and wellbeing, safeguarding the environment."

Dr Paul Benham of Primrose Organic Centre in Wales

"I arrived at the bare field of Primrose farm in 1985, gained the Soil Association symbol in 1986 and began farming organically to assess whether I could disprove the view of the time that organics could not achieve high output or superior quality."...

Geetie Singh of the Duke of Cambridge in North London

"Always stand by your principles - you may be less well off financially, but you will be better off in yourself. Money just buys you the same stuff but at a higher price."

Geoff Sayers of The Well Hung Meat Company in Devon

"I think we all have a duty to step as lightly and kindly on the planet as we possibly can. Farmers also have a responsibility to provide the best, mineral and vitamin rich nutrition they can. Organic principles are a good place to start."
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image "Organic principles are the foundation of healthy life for all humans, animals and soil. Without sustainable agriculture we are stuffed."