Thursday 31st August 2023
Nature has the answer…and the answer is organic.
What is Organic September?
Organic September is an annual celebration of all things organic. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of organic – for people and the planet. The campaign draws together organic businesses from a wide range of sectors, including food and beverages and health and beauty, to highlight what these companies are doing .
Why is Organic September important?
Organic September is a great opportunity for people to learn more about choosing organic, and the positive impact it can have on the planet. Did you know, agricultural emissions could drop by 40-50% by 2050 if all of Europe’s farmland followed organic principles?! (1)
The Organic September campaign helps showcase why organic farming is so important, which hopefully influences more people to choose organic more often! We were thrilled to see that this year’s Organic September campagin centers around something so close to our hearts – to raise awareness of the role farming and our food systems play in the climate and nature crisis.
What does organic mean?
Farming and producing organically ensures all parts of the supply chain are benefited. Whether that be the soil that grows the crops, the animals that produce products, the wildlife that live on the farm, or those that consume the product – each stakeholder is cared for and looked after to create high-quality products.
For a product to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of ingredients must reduced organically. (2) So, by buying organic you are saying no to artificial fertilisers and chemical pesticides, ensuring higher animal welfare, and helping protect the local environment.
You can find out more about how we farm organically at Yeo Valley here.
How can you get involved?
Throughout September (and beyond!) there are many ways you can get involved with the Organic September campaign.
Whether that be making a conscious decision to try shopping organically this September, sharing your love for organic on social media, or organising an event in your local area.
And if you’d like to put your wellies where your mouth is, come and visit us for our September Special events down in the Yeo Valley Organic Garden. We’re hosting a delicious menu of guest speakers in our meadow yurt throughout the month, with topics ranging from (you guessed it) organic farming, to gardening for bees, to climate change. Find out more and book your tickets here.
Want to find out more about Organic September?
Visit the Soil Association website to learn more about switching to an organic lifestyle and the different benefits this can bring.
The Yeo Valley Organic Garden is open to visitors throughout September, so come visit us to experience the beauty of organic gardening.
Or follow us on Instagram to see how we’re celebrating Organic September this year!
Photo credit: Studio Whisk