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Started in 1947 to promote the adoption of chemical-free farming techniques and the principal of "healthy soil produces healthy crops". It is the largest and most respected of the UK organic certification bodies. It licenses commercial food production to its "own" organic standards and a distinctive certification symbol is now widely recognised as a consumer guarantee of this quality. See comments below.
They list 10 reasons to eat organic food -
1.It is safe, nutritious, unadulterated food.
2.It does not use artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.
3.It is produced without GMO"s, which are prohibited within the Soil Association Standards for organic food and farming.
4.It places great emphasis on animal welfare.
5.It is produced without the routine use of antibiotics and growth-promoting drugs.
6.It reduces dependence on non-renewable resources.
7.There has not been a case of BSE in any herd which has been in full organic management.
8.It relies on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotations to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.
9.It tastes good, and there may be also sound health reasons for doing so.
10.It has been shown in some studies to have more vitamins and trace elements than conventionally grown food and of course, it will not have been treated with any noxious chemicals.
Although the aims of this association are noble, we feel there standards are not as high as they could be; for example - at the time of writing, chickens approved by them can still be fed up to 20% non-organic foodstuffs and labeled as being organic! See 'Organic Food'
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