What does the 'O' word mean?
It means that produce is certified as by one of the government approved control bodies. There are no artificial fertilisers pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides used in the production of the produce.
Farmers use, grow and rotate a mixture of crops to keep the soil fertile and use other natural methods to prevent disease and reduce pests. All farms are inspected at least once a year by one of the control bodies to ensure that they comply with the high standards set down by the EU legislation.
Farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies. A fact supported not only by the Government but also major conservation groups like the RSPB and WWF), In fact, the UK Government’s own advisors found that plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% greater on these sorts of farms.
This form of ethical and environmental farming also produces less carbon dioxide (the main global warming gas) as well as fewer dangerous wastes generally. So choosing local and seasonal food grown using 'the O word' principals can significantly reduce your carbon footprint
Genetically modified (GM) crops aren’t allowed under these standards.
Local Greens was contacted by one of the control bodies, linked above, and were told that we couldn't use the 'O' to describe our farmers or their produce until we were certified by them. Local Greens has never claimed to be the 'O' word.