People seem to be buying more and more organic nowadays, because they care about what they eat, and want to know how their food is produced. Organic food sales have become more and more popular with growing public awareness of nutrition, the environment, pesticides, BSE, antibiotics, and other issues.
Organic farming has become known as ecological agriculture, reflecting the reliance on ecosystem management rather than external inputs.
Farming in this way means maximizing the inherent life and fertility of the land in a way that avoids the use of harmful and resource-wasteful chemicals. We aim to create integrated, humane, environmental and economically sustainable agricultural production systems.
Everything is connected. The term 'organic' is best thought of as a concept of the farm as a living system, in which all the component parts - the soil minerals, organic matter, micro-organisms, insects, plants, animals and humans - interact to create a coherent and stable whole.
As a Soil Association Millennium Farm, we abide by the Soil Association organic standards, and are part of the Organic Farms Network. The Soil Association was founded over 50 years ago in response to the post-war adoption of chemically orientated farming. Since then, they have campaigned for a sustainable, organic farming policy in Britain and worldwide. The Soil Association believes that organic farming is the only way that high quality food production can go hand in hand with caring for our health, the countryside and its wildlife.
The Soil Association's Organic Symbol is a guarantee to the consumer that food is produced to the highest standards of animal welfare and environmental protection, backed by European and national law. Many animal welfare campaigns (such as Compassion In World Farming), and wildlife organisations (such as the RSPB) support organic methods of production, based on their own and independent research.
Whatever your interest in organics, you will find plenty of information at the Soil Association website, and on our farm's website too. Read more:
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