1. It's Healthy
On average, organic food contains higher levels of vitamin C and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium as well as cancer fighting antioxidants.
2. No nasty additives
Organic food doesn't contain food additives which can cause health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity. Amongst the additives banned by accreditation body, the Soil Association, are hydrogenated fat, aspartame (artifical sweetener) and monosodium glutamate.
3. Avoids Pesticides
Over 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming and residues are often present in non-organic food.
4. No GM
Genetically Modified (GM) crops and ingredients are not allowed under organic standards.
5. Reliance on drugs removed
There is growing concern about the high use of antibiotics on farm animals and the possible effects on human health. Soil Association standards prohibit the routine use of antibiotics.
6. High Standards
Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year.
7. Care for animals
Animal welfare is taken very seriously under organic standards. Animal welfare organizations such as Compassion for World Farming acknowledge the benefits of the organic approach.
8. Good for wildlife and the environment
Organic farming is better for wildlife, causes lower pollution from sprays, and produces less carbon dioxide - the main global warming gas - and less dangerous wastes.
9. And really importantly... it's top for taste!
Many people prefer organic food because they say it tastes better. A number of top chefs choose organic, and every year many are involved in the Soil Associations food awards.