Frequently Asked Questions

Does organic food cost more?

Though not always the case, the shelf or farm gate price of organic food can sometimes be higher for a number of very good reasons.

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Do organic farmers use antibiotics on their animals?

Not routinely, as can be the case in other types of farming. Instead organic farmers try to use holistic methods wherever possible.






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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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Why is organic farming better for the countryside?

Organic farming uses less intensive methods to produce food and encourages diversity of wildlife. Reports have shown that, for instance, certain types of bird are starting to flourish around organic farms.






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Can organic food contain genetically modified (GM) elements?

Genetic modification of plants and animals goes against the principles of organic food and farming. No GM inputs are allowed in the organic system and if they are found in produce it cannot be sold as organic.






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Are ‘organic’ animals ‘free range’?

Yes, but with even more benefits. All animals raised organically are automatically free-range because the rules demand it. They must have access to the outdoors (weather permitting) and be held below certain stocking densities. In addition, there are all the other benefits of the organic system, explained throughout the FAQs.






Why is organic farming better for animals?

The welfare of animals is one of the key principles of organic farming and their well-being is written into the regulations organic producers must follow.






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Does organic production benefit farmers?

Yes – in many ways. Lots of farmers say they feel empowered by organic systems, which make them use their brains (not chemicals) to solve problems. Because there are only very limited pesticides allowed in organics, farm workers should be at less risk from exposure to chemicals. Growing organic produce can also open up new […]

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Does organic food actually taste better?

Anecdotally, most people will say a resounding ‘yes’. It’s a point that is hard for scientists to prove though, because it’s so subjective. You have to decide for yourself.






Is organic food really more healthy?

Some studies say ‘yes’, others say ‘not necessarily’, but the evidence is growing in favour of organic all the time.






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