Organic September

Organic September is celebrated in the UK throughout September every year to celebrate all things organic to raise awareness about organic farming, organic products and the benefits of consuming them.

Standards for what qualifies as organic vary across the globe. In the main organic is a label to describe produce that uses sustainable practices like crop rotation and companion planting, organic fertilizers such as manure, all these methods preserve the overall fertility of the soil thereby aiming to reduce overconsumption of resources, make farming sustainable, and reducing wastage.

Organic is a vision for working and living in harmony with nature. “Nature would choose organic” is the fundamental concept behind all marketing and communications. Healthy soil grows healthy plants, which make for healthy people. By encouraging natural systems, organic farmers help create a better future for people, animals, and the environment. Organic livestock farming encourages the highest standards of animal welfare.

The Soil Association claims if Europe’s farmland all followed organic principles, agricultural emissions could drop by 40-50 per cent by 2050, with plenty to feed the growing population with healthy diets. Their 2022 Market Report valued the total organic market at £3bn. The latest Kantar figures from the Organic Trade Board show there was an additional organic spend of £114.6m last year compared with the previous year, with the volume of organic items purchased per shopping trip also increasing.

Studies carried out by Newcastle University’s peer reviewed research, published in 2015 in the British Journal of Nutrition concluded that both organic dairy milk and meat contain around 50 % more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, which help to maintain a healthy heart, than conventionally produced products. Organic meat also has slightly lower concentrations of two saturated fats linked to heart disease.