Why Organic?

Organic food is the product of organic farming. The way we choose to farm has a positive impact not only on the grains we grow but our environment too. It means more of the good stuff – higher levels of environmental welfare, crop rotations that build healthy soil, lower levels of pesticides and no artificial fertilisers which, as a result, allows our wildlife to flourish and in turn, naturally control our pests.

We have been growing grains organically since we were founded in 1978. In order for our products to be labelled organic and proudly bear certification from the Soil Association, the UK’s leading food and farming charity and organic certification body, we meet a strict set of standards and undergo rigorous checks and inspections set out by European Law.

When you see the Soil Association Organic logo on our products you know that we:

  • Limit our use of pesticides – in fact, we are only allowed to use 15, all of which are naturally derived and only to be used in restricted circumstances. Over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming
  • Encourage wildlife and protect their habitats by building beetle banks, grass margins and limiting our use of pesticides
  • Never use genetically modified (GM) ingredients
  • Never use artificial colours and preservatives
  • Never use artificial fertilisers

Find out more about what life is like on our organic farm.

So, why should YOU choose organic?

When baking is your passion, as it is for us at Doves Farm, and your love and hard work goes into creating delicious bakes for your family and friends to enjoy, we know that you wouldn’t settle for less than the very best. The provenance and quality of your food matters, so here’s why we choose organic and why we think you should too:

Nutritional benefits - researchers say that nutrient profiles are often higher in organically produced foods. A study, led by an international team of experts at Newcastle University and published in the esteemed British Journal of Nutrition, showed significant differences between organic and non-organic farming.  They proved that organic crops are up to 60% higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides than conventionally grown ones.

Food you can trust – organic products come from trusted sources and choosing organic is a good way of avoiding potentially harmful chemicals. Any food products labelled as organic must meet a strict set of standards set out by European Law which define what farmers and food manufacturers can and cannot do in its production.

Less of the bad stuff – organic food contains less pesticides and absolutely no GM ingredients, artificial flavourings, colourings, or artificial fertilisers.

Environmentally friendly – organic farming has been shown to support up to 50% more wildlife, and works to conserve wildlife habitats, by restricting its use of pesticides and working hard to maintain beetle banks and grass margins. Research also suggests that the greatest number of birds and species are on organic farms. What’s more, as organic farmers don’t rely on artificial pesticides or fertilisers, they significantly help to reduce water and soil contamination in our countryside.

Find out more about these benefits (and others!) of choosing organic. 

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