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Frequently Asked Questions

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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How are the Organic Standards set?

Regulations for organic production and processing are set out by the European Union. In the UK responsibility for applying the organic rules lies with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).






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What are the Organic Regulations?

Unlike most food assurance schemes, organic food production is subject to statutory control. Once a producer or processor decides to become involved in organic food production and processing, they become subject to an EU Regulation, which has been incorporated into the laws of the United Kingdom.






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An Introduction to Organic Food and Farming

The production and sale of organic products in the European Union is governed by law; Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007 sets out the framework for the organic regulation and gives the basis for the national implementing Rules (EC) 889/2008, (EC) 1235/2008 and others.






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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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Isn’t organic farming just an old-fashioned way of doing things?

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 […]

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How can I be sure that farmers and food processors are sticking to organic standards?

It is the responsibility of DEFRA and the control bodies to ensure that all of the standards are being met.






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Can anyone just claim to be an organic producer?

Definitely not. Organic is the only system of farming in the UK which must meet legal requirements to use the name. Anyone calling their product organic must be inspected and certified by a body like Organic Farmers & Growers.






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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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