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The Ecological Importance of Organic Practices

In September 2020, we certified as an Organic Processor with the Soil Association.

We are proud to adhere to the Soil Association’s high standards to ensure we cause minimal ecological harm in our processes. We also support the organic movement as a key driver in restoring human health and ecology.

The health of soil, plant, animal, and man is one and indivisible.Sir Albert Howard

This quote sums up our philosophy in one line. Sir Albert Howard was an English botanist, and the first westerner to document and publish the Vedic Indian techniques of sustainable agriculture, now better known as organic farming.

Farming practices are key to restoring human health & ecology. We are intimately connected to the land. We always have been. And we always will be.

Organic farming helps to join the dots between our own health and the health of the planet, and its many inhabitants. This connection is deeply embedded in our human nature.

By respecting and nourishing the soil, the animals, and the plants, organic practices help to foster more resilient ecosystems, from the macro to the micro, with future generations in mind.

What does ‘organic’ mean?

The term ‘organic’ is protected in the EU and can only be used when certain criteria are met. If something is certified organic you can trust that the food and drink you buy has been made in a way that is better for people, animals and wildlife, and respects the natural environment.

Fewer pesticides

Instead of relying on pesticides, organic farmers aim to create a natural balance between plants and animals to prevent pests. No artificial fertilisers = healthier soils.

High animal welfare standards

Every aspect of welfare is covered under organic standards, from living conditions and feed, to their transportation and humane slaughter.

No routine use of antibiotics = reduced antibiotic resistance

The routine use of antibiotics and wormers is widespread in non-organic UK agriculture, accounting for around 30% of all antibiotics used in the UK. Using them in a preventative capacity is banned in organic farming. When animals are farmed in hygienic environments, fed the right diet and raised in more spacious conditions, farmers do not need to depend on antibiotics.

No genetic modification (GM)

Organic standards ban the use of all GM ingredients. This means animals on organic farms must be fed a natural, organic and non-GM diet, and any encapsulated products – such as supplements – must use non-GM materials for capsule shells and any binding agents.

No artificial colours and preservatives

Better for our health.

What we are doing

As a certified Organic Processor, we ensure that all of our business processes meet the very high standards of the Soil Association.

This involves sourcing certified organic raw materials from certified organic producers and ensuring that we encapsulate and bottle these according to the Soil Association standards.

We are currently reviewing all of our non-organic certified products to see if we can source organic, European alternatives without compromising clinical utility.

The high standards of the Soil Association don’t end there. They also cover everything from what sort of cleaning materials we use, how we control pests on our premises, to how we receive organic goods into our warehouse. Every team member who packs a product order for a customer, receives a delivery, or cleans the packing bench in the warehouse is contributing to upholding our organic standards.

Supporting the organic movement is important to us. It is a significant driver towards a more sustainable future. One that respects ecosystems, the environment and the necessity to farm in a way that respects and cares for all the inhabitants of the land. It is these ecosystems that we are part of and that shape our health. We must safeguard them.