Did you know that it’s Organic September? This month is all about raising awareness of organic products and celebrating the farmers and producers that create them.
What is organic farming?
Organic farmers do not use artificial pesticides when growing their crops. Instead, organic produce is created using fertilizers such as compost manure. Among other techniques, many of these farmers also use insect predators in order to more naturally reduce the number of pests affecting their crops.
With regards to organic animal farming, antibiotics are never used. The living conditions of such livestock must mirror that of their natural environment and they must also be fed an organic diet.
Why should we buy organic produce?
According to the Soil Association, in 2015 Government testing revealed that 43% of British food was found to contain pesticide residue. This certainly is a troubling thought as there is much evidence to suggest that pesticides can be extremely harmful to humans!
These chemicals can also be toxic to other animals and insects living in and around the targeted area. So, by buying organic, you are helping to preserve our country’s wildlife.
How can you get involved in Organic September?
The easiest way to support the campaign is to try and increase the number of organic items in your shopping basket. If everyone could swap just one or two items for organic alternatives, the impact on the environment would be huge.
Another great way to increase the amount of organic produce you eat is to grow the food yourself! Gardening is a simple and cost-effective activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Have you ever heard someone say that homegrown veggies taste so much better? Why not put that theory to the test this September!
If you decide to don the gardening gloves and take-up a trowel, not only will you be supporting a worthy campaign, but you’ll also receive so many other physical and mental health benefits. To find out more, take a look at this visual guide put together by KETTLER: