September is upon us and with that, another year celebrating all the finest products as part of Organic September. From superfoods to fresh fruits and vegetables, the term organic can describe a wide range of goods. But with their typically increased price tag, is the buzz worth the hype?
The term “organic” (of food or farming methods) means that which is produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals (according to the Oxford online dictionary).
The word also conjures up images of free-flowing plants and crops alongside happy grazing animals. This natural state requires a certain amount of control and products with organic certification must adhere to high standards.
So, what is organic September?
Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food & farming practices
according to the Soil Association.
“Following a year of unprecedented environmental protest and ground-breaking research, there’s never been a better moment to shout about the role organic farming has to play in the climate change debate”.
The association along with its members and supporters are campaigning for a food and farming system that works for everyone. It seems that the term “organic” stretches far further than the food on our plates.
Is this month going to be more expensive?
We tend to assume buying organic foods, beauty products and textiles means paying more. This is something that the Soil Association are actively challenging by “lobbying government to incentivise and subsidise organic farm conversions, and to embrace the Danish model of procuring organic for the public sector – both moves that would level the cost gap between organic and non-organic and make switching an easy choice.”
By paying a little bit more, you are making an active consumer decision to support a trust-worthy certification scheme while supporting food that champions higher animal welfare. It takes a lot of time, effort and care to look after the animals and the environment to these standards – and with a lighter conscience, surely it tastes better, too?
Do you want to take part?
There are many ways you can be a part of the month-long campaign. Follow the #OrganicSeptember to see what other people are doing, buying, reading and finding out. You could order an organic veg box this month, shop for organic in your local supermarkets (which are also offering plastic-free options, too!) or independent stores and ask more questions about where your food has come from when you eat out.
All their products are vegan, organic, gluten-free, refined sugar-free. From raw cacao to various seeds and matcha tea, breakfast mixes, detox blends and protein powders, there is a wide range on offer – at great value prices.
Siobhan O’Hora supports Naturya who offer wellness products for everyday use. They are great on quality with a wide selection of superfoods. Linwoods Health Foods also offers a new sprouted range which is better for digestion when nuts/grains are sprouted. Try their milled flaxseeds and their shelled hemp seeds which are great for easy salad toppers.
If you are looking for your new raw chocolate-based snack, then look no further than Natures Heart Superfoods raw cacao covered dried goldenberries. In 2005 three brothers – David, Daniel and Raul – envisioned all the world enjoying the fragrant-tangy goodness of goldenberries.
This joyful little fruit is native to their homeland, the serene, sun-blessed Andes mountains. With the help of two cousins, they founded Nature’s Heart Superfoods and devoted their time to exploring goldenberries’ potential. Their family still lives in Ecuador and they are a member of the Organic Food Federation. They offer superfoods from wheatgrass and spirulina powder to raw cacao nibs and chia seeds.
Just a simple search will bring you with tons of options to make going organic this September hassle-free
Read the labels in the supermarkets and do your research on local independent stores near you that you can support this month. Spread the word on social media with the #OrganicSeptember and let us know at @hbloggerscom.
Interested in reading more about the Soil Association and their amazing work? Check out this interview about the sexy side of, well, soil.