Super Soil: How Organic Farming Could Save The Planet
What's Going On Here?
The latest statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) show that for the first time in a decade, organic farmland has increased in the UK.
Defra’s report also shows that land in conversion (the process of switching farms from non-organic to organic) has increased by 29.4% - that’s moo-sic to our ears!
What Does This Mean?
This upward trend reflects the growing demand for organic products in the UK. The Soil Association reported in February this year that the organic market grew by over 6%, with record sales of £2.2bn.
Why Should We Care?
Only around 1% of the world’s agricultural land is currently organic, and in the UK it’s just less than 3%. If we converted all UK farmland to organic, the soil would take up at least 1.3m tonnes of carbon a year, the equivalent of taking nearly 1m cars off the road - beep beep!
Choosing organic is good for your health too. Research shows that organic fruits and vegetables contain up to 69% more antioxidants than non-organic. They’re also lower in potentially harmful cadmium and pesticides, a win-win situation!
It couldn’t be simpler to make a difference. When you’re shopping for food, cosmetics, cleaning products and clothing, look for organic certification logos from companies such as the Soil Association and EcoCert. Ain’t got the logo? Good chance it's not organic.
The more we choose to buy organic produce, the more incentive there is for farmers, producers and processors to switch to organic, sustainable methods. We can all make a difference! 🏆
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