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Soil Association

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If you care about animal welfare and the environment, as well as about what goes into your food, then choosing organic can make a big difference.

You probably already know the Soil Association symbol – wherever you see it, you can be sure the item has been produced to their high environmental and animal welfare standards. But you may not know that the Soil Association is also a charity that campaigns for more sustainable food and farming.

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Here are five key reasons to go organic:

1. Your wellbeing
Organic standards ban the use of artificial pesticides, as well as GM ingredients, hydrogenated fats and controversial additives like aspartame, tartrazine and MSG.

2. The environment
Organic farming releases less CO2 emissions than non-organic farming. By choosing organic, local and seasonal food you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Animal kindness
Under organic rules, all aspects of animal welfare are tightly controlled – that includes everything from rearing and feeding to transportation. Organic animals must have access to pasture, and cannot be given growth hormones, regular doses of antibiotics, or GM feed.

4. Protecting wildlife
Organic farming relies on wildlife to help control pests, so wide field edges are left uncultivated for bugs, birds and bees to flourish. That’s why plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% greater on organic farms.

5. A GM-free diet
Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are banned under organic standards.