What is Organic farming
The fundamental philosophy of organic farming is that organic methods are more environmentally friendly, kinder to animals and produce food that is better for human consumption than conventional farming.
Organic systems strongly emphasize environmental protection and sustainability. Through the cultivation of healthy soils, organic farming produces healthier crops and healthier animals. Ultimately this results in more nutritious food for humans and a greener planet.
In order for produce to be certified organic, farming methods must comply with strict regulations. In the United Kingdom, organic standards are laid down by European law. Farms registered with the Soil Association in the United Kingdom – such as Ffosyficer Farm - adhere to even stricter standards.
In the context of organic dairy farming, this means:
- Organic cows eat a 100% organic, natural, grass-based diet. They do not eat any genetically modified food
- No artificial, chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are applied to organic pastures
- High welfare standards are maintained as cows are able to roam and graze freely, only coming in from outside during cold and wet weather
- There is no routine use of antibiotics
- Organic farmers work together with nature to ensure maximum biodiversity, nurturing crops and local wildlife