Organic food must meet all of the safety and quality standards applied to non-organic foods. Critics of organic farming sometimes claim that because organic farmers use farmyard manure, there is a greater risk of pathogen contamination on organic crops. However, farmyard manure is also extensively used in non-organic farming, but with less strict controls than […]
At OF&G we don’t like to say ‘better’, we like to say ‘different’. Most non-organic farmers also care about the countryside and the welfare of their animals and it would be unfair to suggest otherwise. However, we think that organic methods take care for the environment, animals and the end product to another level, giving […]
The answer to this is ‘yes and no’. Organic farming draws on thousands of years of farming knowledge and experience, instead of relying on chemicals created in the last fifty years or so. Farmers have to be creative in solving problems and in the ways they market their produce. So, in many ways, organics are […]
It is the responsibility of DEFRA and the control bodies to ensure that all of the standards are being met.
Organic food is now widely available and where you buy it is a matter for you. If you can get it from a local farmer, who perhaps runs a box delivery scheme, you will be helping them to make a decent living (no middlemen taking a big cut), cutting down on environmentally harmful packaging, reducing […]
Not routinely, as can be the case in other types of farming. Instead organic farmers try to use holistic methods wherever possible.
Only a limited list of carefully selected pesticides are approved for use in organic farming, where there are no natural or system-based alternatives, and then as a last resort. Organic farmers do not use herbicides, instead they rely on crop rotation, well-timed cultivation, hand or mechanical weeding and carefully selecting crop varieties.