Why Organic?

Organic is a big focus of ours, it helps to achieve the ethical goals and beliefs that we endorse such as sustainable working practices, alongside looking out for the environment. See more about our other values here.


Who is Affected by Farming?

Agriculture is a worldwide application. There are not many who have not benefited from agriculture's touch on society. Impacting employment, food production and many other avenues over time. However, agriculture also has had negative effects. When badly managed or over used there can be huge impacts to climate, the environment and the people involved, both in employment as well as health.

Because of the effects of farming, both negative and positive, it is apparent that the management of agriculture is a high priority. It is out of this necessity we choose organic.


What is Organic?

Organic farming is a highly scientific approach to agriculture. Integrated with agricultural philosophy that works alongside nature’s natural systems, choosing to enhance and learn from the natural systems. Organic stays away from “solutions” that may be a short-term solution or intend to fix issues quickly but cause many problems to natural processes and stakeholders of agriculture.

The Organic Approach

The focus of organic agriculture is on the stakeholders of farming. The approach to how farming is undertaken, the regulations enforced and the ethos surrounding organic mean that positive effects to each of the stakeholders are advocated, and rather than covering up, or fixing with even more unnatural means, the negative effects are avoided.

See how organic treats the stakeholders below differently.


Environment:

Organic champions soil fertility, beneficial to increasing desirable soil fertility and reducing the dependency of unnatural farming practice.

Animal welfare:

Organic champions animal welfare: protecting the environment and regarding biodiversity highly means the animal population is better protected.

Benefits of organic

  • Organic livestock’s life expectancy increased.

Health:

Organic champions no pesticides.

We are aware that organic can be limited in effect if bad management or unsustainable practices are pursued. The best organic systems integrate animal husbandry, crop rotations, build up fertility, increase biodiversity by design, recycle and minimise waste and reduce external inputs insofar as possible.

Benefits of Organic

  • No dependency on petrol or phosphates (These are non-renewable and extracted at great carbon cost)
  • More peace of mind surrounding food risk and security
  • Avoids the mass murder of the bee populations, alongside other essential pollinators through general use of pesticides (mono-cropping and the neocotonoids that have been proved to cause bee colony collapse)
  • Organic champions safer water, which is threatened by the run off of pesticides and other farming pollution
  • No need to remove pesticide residue and nitrates caused by intensive agriculture
  • Costs incurred to companies are reduced, need to spend in cleaning is reduced, the New York State have paid farmers to go organic as a means to reduce cost
  • Organic champions the move towards storing carbon, which is dependent on whether organic farming is sustainably managed
  • Farming is more self-reliant therefore need for carbon input is reduced


Further Resources

We know that when it comes to Organic there is a lot to know, here are a few helpful resources if you want more information on the reasons and endorsements for organic.

IFOAM EU: http://www.ifoam-eu.org/en/node
EU Organic: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/

And don't forget to look at our, all organic, range of Mediterranean food.

 
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