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This September Soil Association Scotland is launching its biggest ever Organic September campaign, part of a UK-wide celebration of all things organic.

Scotland's larder is already in the spotlight for the Year of Food and Drink, and people are becoming increasingly aware of their food's provenance, the need for sustainability and the environmental and economic benefits of buying local produce.

With more people looking for healthy, ethical and local food, Organic September makes it even easier to eat and live well - with inspiring tips and recipes using good ingredients.

Helen Browning, Soil Association Chief Executive said: "With wildlife in decline over the last half century, Organic September is a fantastic opportunity to let people know why organic farming is more important than ever. With each small change we make - like choosing organic milk or butter, or switching to organic eggs, we are helping secure a better future for animal welfare, our bees and other pollinators, and of course, our neglected soils."  

The Soil Association Scotland campaign will help people plan their small changes with an exciting interactive and social media campaign featuring the 'Organic 30' list and calendar. Introducing tons of tips for easy items to swap throughout the month - from swapping to organic milk to brewing an organic cuppa for colleagues - the 'Organic 30' list helps people plan the small changes which could have a big impact. There will also be prizes up for grabs throughout the month.

Scotland's organic wholesalers have seen a steady increase in sales over the past few years. Glasgow based Greencity Wholefoods have seen their turnover increase by an average of 10% per year, whilst Wholefoods Giffnock has also seen solid growth.

 Darren Campbell, Team Leader at Wholefoods Giffnock said: "This past year showed solid growth in organic and local categories.  Our customers are both more interested and more educated regarding healthy choices.  In addition to growth in organic and local we've seen increases in alternative diets such as gluten free, allergen free, vegan, raw and paleo.

To date, 2015 has shown a continuation of that trend." 

Five top tips for Organic September


1. Switch to organic milk.  Organic milk is naturally different - no system of farming produces milk with higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids or a healthier balance of 
omega-6. 


2. Eat less, but better, organic meat. Organic animals enjoy the very highest welfare standards of any farmed animals. They are fed a GM free diet and graze on organic pasture where pesticides are severely restricted. 


3. Switch to organic beauty. There are currently no legal standards for organic beauty so some products may be labelled 'organic' even if it doesn't always stand true. Look for the Soil Association symbol to make sure that what you put on your body is as important as what goes in it.


4. Sign up for an organic veg box. Organic farms support 50% more wildlife than non-organic farms, so you're not just treating yourself to the best of British produce, you're also helping to protect bees, birds and butterflies.


5. Brew an organic tea or coffee.  Organic tea and coffee is grown without the use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers. This not only reduces the farmers' exposure in the developing world, it also means healthier soils and more habitats for birds and wildlife.

 

 

 

  • Organic September is organised by the Soil Association. The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by farmers, scientists, doctors and nutritionists to promote the connection between the health of the soil, food, animals, people and the environment. Today the Soil Association is the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.
  • Looking after the environment is another great reason to go organic as organic farms are havens for wildlife, with more species of birds, bees, butterflies and wildflowers than non-organic farms. By switching to organic bacon or pork, more pigs will keep their curly tail and stay with their mother for much longer; by switching to organic eggs, more hens will have access to grassland and not be at risk of painful beak trimming. Together, each of these small changes can make a big difference for generations to come.

 

 

 



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