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Benefits of Organic Food to the Environment

Standard farming methods appear more efficient, ie you get more output per acre of farmland, than you would using an organic system.

But what you are seeing is a pay off from the masses of energy that has gone in to producing artificial fertilizers and pesticides. In fact a study found a 20% smaller yield from organic farms using 50% less fertilizer and 97% less pesticide.

As much as forty percent of energy used in the food system goes towards the production of artificial fertilizers and pesticides.

So organic food will have a lower carbon footprint, and will maintain higher levels of bio diversity within the crop lands.

What can I do?

Buying organic fruit, neg and meat from a supermarket is a good idea, but you will be limited on choice and for some items may pay a premium.

Over the last 10 years ther4e have been numerous organic veg box companies that have sprung up all over the UK. They offer comparable value to supermarkets, with the benefit of home delivery. Variety is also excellent with many new vegetables being included in each delivery. Tomatillos for example which are bludy marvelous!

There is a good artcile with regards to organic veg boxes in the telegraph. In terms of cost you eefectivly get organic produce for just £3 - £4 more than an equalant non-organic supermarket shop.

There is one HUGE bonus to getting vege box. That is the freshness. Veg from a veg box will last ages, weeks in a refrigirator and so this reduces your wwaste to practcaly zero. Every bought a punnet of berries from a supermarket and the are furry within 24 hrs, same with soft fruits. You don't get this with a veg box.

organic eco label You can look for this symbol on products you buy, at the super market.

For more information visit http://www.soilassociation.org/
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Better still you could sign up for a weekly veg box, local food means less miles travelled.




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Riverford which are based in the Southwest and deliver all over the Southwest UK.



Able and Cole. http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/

Love good food? We’ve got weekly boxes of it. Seasonal and organic fruit, veg and more to your door. You don’t even need to be in when we deliver.
   

 

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