This month our environmental champions, The Wombles, are focusing on the benefits of organic food and farming and have some practical suggestions many of us can make.
September is upon us and that means Organic September! But, what is Organic September? The Soil Association describes Organic September as “a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the many benefits of organic food and farming, which include:
- Supporting biodiversity and wildlife
- Helping to combat climate change
- The highest standards of animal welfare
- Reduced exposure to pesticides
- Food as it should be, and food you can trust
The Soil Association has small, but impactful ways in which we, as individuals, could make a difference. Here are a few:
- Make one small swap to an organic cuppa – after all that learning, it’s time for a hot drink! We drink around 100 million cups of tea and 95 million coffees a day in the UK – think of the huge impact we could have together, if all of us made a small switch to organic for our daily brew. Fancy a sweet treat? Why not enjoy with a bar of organic chocolate?
- Opt for organic– Choosing to support organic farmers and producers is one of the most simple forms of direct action you can take. Our collective choices all add up – more demand for organic food and drink means more people casting a vote for farms that support wildlife and healthy soils. When you choose organic, you’re supporting biodiversity and the highest standards of animal welfare.
- Turn your garden organic – from peat-free compost to pollinator-friendly plants, learn how you can grow at home and create a buzz at home with our top tips for nature-friendly gardening; it’s one of the easiest ways you can champion healthy soils and biodiverse wildlife populations from the comfort of your home.
- Find organic food on a budget -We know organic can be more expensive, that’s why we’re busy campaigning for greater organic farming subsidies and incentives for farmers to switch to nature-friendly systems to bring costs down. However, there are still many ways to get hold of organic on a tight budget – read our top tips here.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle – Level up your sustainability game by making organic part of your zero-waste Opt for loose fruit & veg from your local indie shop, or give their refill walls a go for wine, milk, herbs and spices. Why not try upcycling the packaging from your favourite organic brands too – get started by making plant pots from those empty nut butter tubs!
- Stand up for food waste – With 30% of all food produced going to waste, it’s vital that we pay attention to what happens at the end of the supply chain, as well as at the start if we are to create a more sustainable food system. Make the most of your leftovers with a selection of zero-waste recipes; we particularly love Max La Manna’s ‘waste nothing’ oat milk pancakes, and Melissa Hemsley’s ‘fridge raid’ zero-waste frittata.
- Start eating less and better meat – Making food choices for the planet doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stop eating meat. Learn more about how organic livestock farming can be better for wildlife and help capture carbon.
- Learn more about organic wine– Crack open an organic bottle and find out more about why sustainable, organic wine is booming at the moment.