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Why Organic?

Organic food is grown in an environmentally friendly way with an emphasis on crop rotation and the use of natural fertilizers such as seaweed, green manures and nitrogen fixing crops such as clover, organic composts and animal manure to help crops grow strong and protect themselves in their own healthy way. Organic systems aim to work with natural systems and energies rather than against them.

Synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fumigants and fertilizers that try to 'cheat' nature, and in the process alter and damage natural ecosystems are prohibited from use.

There are no genetically engineered or modified organisms used in organic farming....(phew!)

Biodiversity from the microscopic to the macroscopic is encouraged to ensure that the ecosystems being farmed are in balance. A healthy balance of nutrients, microbial flora, minerals and insects means fertile soil, good crops, healthy animals and ultimately healthy people and environment.

Organic farming can heal the planet, feed the world and keep us safe.

We should all be concerned about the soil.

A spoonful of “Healthy” soil contains billions of organisms from over 10,000 species. The soil is a living thing. Plants are an extension of the soil. There, between the soil and the plant, is a finely balanced relationship that has evolved over millions of years. This is a very complex relationship that we are only beginning to understand.

We rely on worms and other insects to mix the soil for us. They aerate it, drag rotting material down, eat and excrete it, transforming plant matter into humus. Bacteria, fungi, protozoa and algae then work on it to release nutrients such as minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and sugars. Plants extract up to 10,000 of these naturally occurring substances from the soil. These “phytonutrients” are essential for nourishing and protecting plants from pests and diseases. The plants grow and feed insects and animals. Falling plant matter and manure is deposited onto the soil, returning the nutrients that the plants extracted.

Farmers have worked in tune with this system for thousands of years.

Fifty years ago agribusiness entered farming. Hybrid crops are grown requiring artificial fertilizers and lots of water to increase yields. Industrial farming has developed rapidly giving control of farming to only a few big farmers.

The soil is largely used as a sponge to hold chemicals while the crops grow. The soil is breaking down and being blown away in the wind. Future generations will struggle with the land as it will have been robbed of its goodness.

We dont want to leave such a sorry legacy for our children.

Why Macleod Organics?

All our food is 100% organic. It is food you can really trust. We abide by the strict standards set out by our certification body, the Soil Association. Food labels can be confusing claiming to be ethical, healthy, green, and animal friendly. The good thing about organic is that we are all of these.

Organic farming is sustainable. We rotate a mixture of crops and use clover to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere to fertilise the soil. Animals are allowed to exhibit their natural behaviour. We have the highest animal welfare standards.

Organic eggs are automatically free range. The size of our flocks is restricted and, key to being free range, we feed them outside, encouraging them to roam and forage.

We don't routinely use drugs, antibiotics or wormers on our cattle or sheep.

Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are banned under the Soil Associations’s organic standards.