Respecting The Soil
Organic farming relies on crop rotations, green manure, compost, biological pest control with no chemicals and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity.
A number of studies have shown that organic food has more vitamins and minerals than conventional. So not only does it taste better: it’s healthier too.
We comply with strict animal welfare standards, so we get regularly inspected and our livestock is in peak condition, enjoying a high quality of life.
Caring For Wildlife
Because we don’t use any ‘nasticides’, our land is a haven for wildlife. We’ve planted over 5,000 trees around the farm, set aside fields, and conserve habitats around the lake.
We pay our staff a fair wage, and deal fairly with other farms, our workers, and our customers. Our main cost is labour, as many organic methods involve labour-intensive ways of working, such as weeding; but this does mean that people have jobs.
GM is not allowed under organic standards. Many people distrust Genetically Modified Organisms – and not because they are anti-scientific or reactionary. Even if a particular GM food was independently proved to be completely harmless over a long scientific study (we’re still waiting for that), many scientists are uncomfortable with the idea that genes can be patented – and that farmers can be sued if a GM plant grows on their land, despite their best efforts to keep it out. Because the genes are copyrighted, huge agri-businesses can take small organic farmers to court and argue that it is the farmers’ responsibility to prevent cross-contamination. Seed-saving is also prohibited, since any seed with the gene belongs to the company, making farmers (especially in the Third World) even more dependent on the large corporations and vulnerable to price increases.