Here at Seed & Bean we are proud to work with The Soil Association, which has the some of the highest organic standards in the world. You can find out more by click on the headline links below to go directly to the Soil Association information pages.
What is organic?
The practice of organic farmers are all based on a set of internationally recognised principles. These principles are the roots from which organic agriculture grows and develops. They express the contribution that organic agriculture can make to the world, and a vision to improve all agriculture in a global context.
Agriculture is one of humankind's most basic activities because all people need to nourish themselves daily. History, culture and community values are embedded in agriculture. The principles apply to agriculture in the broadest sense, including the way people tend soils, water, plants and animals in order to produce, prepare and distribute food and other goods. They concern the way people interact with living landscapes, relate to one another and shape the legacy of future generations.
Our definition of organic food is food which is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods on organic farms. These methods are legally defined and any food sold as 'organic' must be strictly regulated.
Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and how the food we eat is produced. Artificial fertilisers are banned and farmers develop fertile soil by rotating crops and using compost, manure and clover.
Organic animals enjoy the very highest welfare standards – they are truly free range and have plenty of space and access to fields.
Organic standards are the rules and regulations that define how an organic product is made. This is laid down in European Union (EU) law.
Why choose organic?
Nutritional differences in organic...
New research shows significant differences in anti-oxidant levels between organic and non-organic crops
Food you can trust
You can be safe in the knowledge that hydrogenated fats and controversial additives like aspartame, tartrazine and MSG are banned under organic standards.
Better for the environment
Organic farming reduces pollution and greenhouse gases released from food production by restricting the use of artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies. In fact, plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% greater on organic farms.
Higher animal welfare
Organic standards insist that animals are given plenty of space and fresh air to thrive and grow - guaranteeing a truly free-range life.
A GM free diet
GM crops and ingredients are banned under organic standards. Choosing organic is an effective way to avoid GM in your diet.