Go organic this September!
September is the month to celebrate everything organic with the Soil Association’s campaign Organic September – Small Changes, Big Difference.
September is being promoted as a time to try some of the many excellent organic products available. Organic means working with nature, not against it. It means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural environment – this means more wildlife!
Whether you already eat organic food or if it is something you have yet to try, during September there will be a host of events and offers to promote awareness. “Organic September is a month of celebrating all things organic – from the simple recipes that make eating well easy and delicious, to the people who make our amazing produce. I believe that eating should be joyful, and good organic ingredients are at the centre of this joy,” claims Anna Jones, cook, stylist, writer and ambassador for the Soil Association’s campaign.
There is plenty of information on the Soil Association’s website soilassociation.org or look for the Organic September or Soil Association logos on foods, drinks and other products at your local retailer.
Buying organic means you will be helping to protect our vital wildlife and reducing exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals – you'll also be helping to support the farmers who work hard to grow our food for generations to come.
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. Soil Association Certification is the UK’s leading organic certification body – certifying more than 70% of the growing organic market, covering everything from organic food and drink, to textiles and organic health and beauty products.
Any product sold as ‘organic’ in the EU has to comply with a set of standards. Products certified to these standards can use the EU Green Leaf organic symbol or the Soil Association organic symbol (only if certified to Soil Association organic standards) on their packaging – an assurance to customers that what they’re buying is genuine and fully traceable back to the farm.
As part of Organic September there will be plenty of new products coming on to the market to try. Catherine Fookes, Organic Trade Board Campaign Manager, says, “Organic September is the perfect time to celebrate all things organic and unbox something new to try.” Among new products available are: James White Lime and Chilli Zinger, a non-alcoholic shot; Rachel’s Coconut Divine Rice, a ready-made dessert with an exotic twist; Clearspring Umami Paste, a versatile ingredient that will add flavour to your cooking; Mr Organic Free From Add-In sauces in a variety of flavours that can be used as a sauce, spread, tapenade or dip and Pukka Herbs’ Turmeric Gold, a herbal tea full of turmeric warmth.
Try cooking with organic products, too – with a wide range of products stocked by the large supermarkets finding ingredients couldn’t be easier. We have two recipes by renowned cook and food writer Helen Graves: one for chicken soup (pictured above), and a deliciously exotic alternative to roast pork.