About Organics

Organics is a fascinating and large topic. There are many different views held on organics and the reasons for buying and using organic products.

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Does organic food carry greater risks of food poisoning?

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 […]

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Is organic produce better than that from non-organic farms?

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 […]

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Where is the best place to buy organic produce?

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 […]

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Can organic farmers use pesticides and other chemicals?

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.






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