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Soil Association

The Soil Association is a membership charity campaigning for planet-friendly food and farming.

They believe in the connection between soil, food, the health of people and the health of the planet.

Not only this but they promote and develop sustainable approaches to food, farming and other products. As a result of a rigorous standards setting process some of the standards (rules and regulations) required are higher than those given by the EU law for organic food.

Soil Association Certification is a wholly owned subsidiary of the organisation. It carries out inspections and awards organic certification to farms and businesses that meet their standards. You will notice their symbol and certification number (UK 5) on many items of organic produce. The Soil Association certification business is the oldest and most experienced organic certifier in the UK and licenses about 80% of the organic food on sale in this country.

Organic standards ensure that you can be certain that you are buying a genuine organic product that has been produced in line with the SA Organic Principles. Imported organic foods must have been produced and inspected to equivalent standards. There must also be full traceability of organic ingredients back to the farmer.

The 4 principles of organic agriculture that the SA strictly adheres to are that of care, fairness, ecology and health. This not only covers food and farming but also animals, textiles and beauty.

When you buy organic produce, look for the organic soil association logo and you can be assured of the highest quality organic produce.

The Soil Association also pioneer the Food For Life Catering Mark – which is an endorsement for food suppliers to show that they are using fresh ingredients which are free from undesirable additives and GM, and better for animal welfare in their menus. Little Green Rascals are proud to announce that we hold the Gold Standard Catering Mark with the Soil Association. Click here for more information on the award .

For more information on the Soil Association, please visit www.soilassociation.org

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