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Why Organic Farmers & Growers

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Organic Farmers & Growers was started in 1973 as a farmers marketing co-operative. The development of organic standards allowed OF&G to become more central to the organic movement and the organisation moved solely into certification, remaining at the very heart of the sector ever since.

Organic offers many benefits; from the welfare of both animals and the environment, avoidance of herbicides or genetically modified organisms in food and the confidence that the food we eat is natural and full of flavour.

More and more farmers are looking with greater interest at organic methods and seriously considering whether organic is the future for their land and animals.

Organic Farmers & Growers is committed to providing the highest quality inspection and certification service. The role that OF&G has lead in the organic sector has contributed to the trust people are able to put in the organic food they buy.

The Regulations that control the organic sector cover all aspects of the food chain: the farmer or grower, food processor, or an importer of organic food from a non-EU country must be registered with an approved control body, such as Organic Farmers & Growers. All these areas of food production have to undergo regular inspections to ensure they meet the strict organic standards. Only then can their products legally be labelled and marketed as organic.

Today organic food production is based on modern, sustainable farming systems to maintain the long-term fertility of the soil, protect the environment and animal welfare whilst producing the food that we need. Artificial fertilisers, herbicides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives are prohibited.

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