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New Report: Demand for Organic Food Surges in UK
As an ethical-minded consumer you’ll no doubt be aware of the rising popularity of organic products but did you know that UK consumers now spend £45m per week on organic products?
That’s according to the Soil Association’s newly released Organic Market Report which states that “the market is now in its 8thyear of steady, loyal growth. Growing at +5.3% in 2018 and on target to reach £2.5 billion by 2020.”
This is great news for consumers looking for healthy, planet-friendly, sustainable and ethical choices as more products and manufacturers flock to the market to fill the growing demand.
What Does Organic Actually Mean?
The Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that:
"Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.
Organic agriculture is a systems approach to production that is working towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production. Instead, the agricultural systems rely on crop rotation, animal and plant manures, some hand weeding and biological pest control."
Taken from DEFRA - Crown Copyright
Organic agriculture is about a way of farming that pays close attention to nature. It means fewer chemicals on the land such as artificial fertilisers, which can pollute waterways. It means more wildlife and biodiversity, the absence of veterinary medicines such as antibiotics in rearing livestock and the avoidance of genetic modification. Organic farming can also offer benefits for animal welfare, as animals are required to be kept in more natural, free conditions.
It’s Not Just Food
The Soil Association’s 2019 Organic Market Report tells us that 2018 was also a bumper year for organic beauty and wellbeing products, growing by 14% and that’s on the back of a massive 24% growth in 2017, and, similar to organic food sales, its 8thconsecutive year of growth.
So What Organic Products Can I Buy?
When we talk about ‘organic’ most people instantly think of food however the growth of organic across different sectors is pretty startling and 3 sectors in particular stand out: personal care, alcohol and textiles.
Personal care encompasses everything from organic toothpastes, make-up and moisturising creams to hair colour, shampoo and bubble bath. Organic alcohol covers wines, beer and spirits and textiles cover anything that can be made from organic fibres such as bedding, towels, curtains and upholstery.
So as you can see, organic is becoming more and more prevalent which can only be good news for consumers and with so many options to buy your organic food online, going organic has never been so convenient.
Here at The Healthery we don’t stock 100% organic (not all products can be made organic) but wherever possible all of our food and drink, cosmetics and beauty, personal care and baby care products are sourced from wonderful organic suppliers and manufacturers. Not to mention our extensive range of chemical-free household cleaning products. So go on, try something new today and help organic flourish!