Alongside organic meats and fruit and vegetables there are a wide range of organic groceries on the market today. All these products are certified organic by the ingredients and the way in which they were produced. A few examples of the importance of everyday items being organic:-
Chocolate — this is created using cocoa beans which have not suffered heavy pesticide spraying, additionally organic chocolate is often fairly traded.
Tea & Coffee — like chocolate the plants have not suffered heavy spraying and often sustainable farming practices are used specifically not allowing deforestation to occur as part of plantation farming techniques.
Olive Oil — is created purely from organically grown olives. Additionally most organic olive oil is ‘cold pressed’ meaning that they are picked and crushed by large stone rollers and therefore without the use of mechanical machinery or any unnatural processes.
Organic Beer & Larger – Organic hops are not always easy to grow in the UK, organic hops are imported and processed organically by UK brewers, of which there are a growing number, all certified by the Soil Association.
Organic Cider – must be made from apples grown in organic orchards, and any additives must be approved by the Soil Association or must themselves be organically produced
Organic Herbs & Spices — have a large surface area, so conventional herbs & spices are irradiated and farmed with the use of pesticides that are present in vast quantities. Organic herbs and spices are not irradiated.
All organic products have to be certified by an organic certification body. There are many organic certification bodies, but the main ones to look out for are:-
Soil Association – Certify 80% of UK products
Organic Farmers and Growers – large UK certification body
Organic Food Federation – UK certification body
Demeter – The only certification for Biodynamic farming
AB – Main certification body in France
Bio – Main certification body in Germany
USDA – Main certification body in the USA