THIS VIDEO has gone viral on social media over the last several weeks. It is a 90 second video that takes a look into what ‘going organic’ actually DOES for our bodies.
The film was based on a study by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL- you can read more about it here: https://www.coop.se/organiceffect
This prompted us to look into how the UK is doing with their organic table fare.
THE TREND appears to be up for sales in the organic food sector. According to the Soil Association, the public spent £1.4m more per week on organic food in 2014 and overall sales were up by 4%. This is great news and gets even more interesting when you compare it to the fact that there was an overall drop of 1.9% in food sales in 2014. So, organic is up even when food sales are down? Hmm..
Ok- so maybe we were spending more on eating out which makes it a bit harder to know the true picture of our organic eating habits, but this still seems a victory for organic vs pesticide pumped food. Maybe the importance of avoiding these pesticides and chemicals from our bodies is finally catching on.
BUT…there is still a ways to go towards a true upward trend in terms of going locally organic. We decided to dig a bit deeper on how the UK organic farms and producer side of the story is doing.
NOT so good news.
The latest UK Government figures (2013 report) show the opposite when it comes to Organic Farms in the United Kingdom. Organic farm land – including those converting to organic- is on the decline. Together the number of organic farms is decreasing by over 28%. And as for organic producers and processors- that number fell for the 5th year in a row. (- 6.4%)
BETTER NEWS for urban dwellers..
But, for our Urban Farm London readers and fellow urbanites- we’ve got the best news to report! Though we’re not sure what the 2014 government data is just yet- 2013 showed that the urban organic numbers are actually increasing.
The South East- including London– is the ONLY PART OF THE UK that saw a rise in organic producers and processors at 0.7%. This may not be significant climb- but the stats are going up and not down. We’ll count that as a small and important victory for our organic health. Let’s just hope these numbers keep going in the right direction.
The UK Government report for 2014 is set to be published next month. Be on the lookout as we’ll be watching and writing about it on our blog here. Let’s hope the stats show more upswings but for now- we applaud the growing number of urban dwellers helping lead the UK towards healthier tables!
Grow, buy and eat… MORE organic.