Riverford Wicked Leeks

What is organic food?

Organic food is the product of organic farming: a natural and environmentally friendly way of managing the land.

Just because it’s more natural doesn’t mean that organic farming isn’t rigorously controlled. In fact, for our food to be labelled as organic, our farms must meet strict rules set out in European law, and be inspected and certified by the Soil Association.

Our organic certification tells you that we:

  • Keep exceptional standards of animal welfare. No other international farming certification delivers higher standards of animal welfare than organic.
  • Never use artificial herbicides or fertilisers.
  • Reduce or avoid the use of pesticides. Whereas non-organic farmers can routinely use over 320 pesticides, organic farmers are allowed just 8, all derived from natural ingredients, and only in very restricted circumstances.
  • Never routinely use drugs or antibiotics on our livestock.
  • Feed our animals natural, non-GM feeds.
  • Encourage wildlife and protect natural resources on our land. In fact, there is 50% more wildlife on organic farms.

All this results in food that is better for you and the environment. Organic food is more trustworthy, too; we can trace our veg from your plate right back to the field where it grew.

Like the sound of organic food? Everything we sell is organically farmed, except our wild fish. Our range of boxes offer the best seasonal selections chosen by us; or you can browse our full range of fruit and veg or organic meat.