Labels That Matter
There is a climate emergency, we have ten years to change our behaviour to prevent catastrophic global heating. Organic can play a leading role in the fight, but we need to remove the confusion when it comes to labels so that we can be confident about who and what is authentically organic.
Today we are confronted with a sea of labels with symbols of globes, trees, and flowers with phrases like “environmentally friendly” and “kind to nature”, all meaningless unless they clarify their claims with examples. Sadly we live in an age of 'fake news' and 'greenwashing' is rife, as companies cash into the green awakening.
"Greenwashing" involves companies either misleading consumers about the green credentials of a product or service, or misleading consumers about the environmental performance of the company as a whole. Historically, big business has been able to get away with greenwashing because there has been limited understanding of what ‘green’ means, and a plethora of different definitions and certifications with little standardisation." Dr Aoife Brophy Haney
The good news is there are actually a small number of labels you need to recognise as 'organic', and the rest just take with a pinch of salt, if you have any doubts about a company's certification you can hover over the logo and us their handy Organic Certified Checker.
Our mission at Organic Yard is simply to demystify the 'organic' market, make it easy for you to navigate the waters, and connect you with authentic organic suppliers, that you can trust.
Labels you can trust
UK ORGANIC FOOD & DRINK
Organic Trust certifies all farming and growing enterprises including Organic livestock producers, Organic dairy producers, Organic horticultural producers, Organic poultry and egg enterprises and Organic cereals.
THE ORGANIC FOOD FEDERATION
The Organic Food Federation was established in 1986 and is recognised by DEFRA (Department Environment Food & Rural Affairs) as an organic certification body and also carries out audits for the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) National Organic Program in the UK.
ORGANIC FARMERS & GROWERS SCOTLAND
SOPA is a member led co-operative that aims to promote and develop the profile the Scottish organic food sector while protecting and upholding the organic integrity of all products produced by their members and certified by OF&G (Scotland) to the SOPA organic standards.
Organic Trust certifies all farming and growing enterprises and a range of food business including Organic processors, manufacturing, importing, trading, distribution, retail, wholesalers, grain processors, Abbatoir/butchers, health and beauty products mushroom production.
IRISH ORGANIC ASSOCIATION
Ireland’s leading organic certification body dedicated to certifying organic produce and products throughout Ireland. Forty years of experience in inspecting, certifying and networking has placed the association in a unique position to serve a dynamic and growing organic market.
ORGANIC EUROPEAN FOOD & DRINK
The EU organic logo indicates that this product is in full conformity with the regulations for the organic farming established by the European Union. For processed products it means that at least 95% of the agricultural ingredients are organic. Next to the new EU organic logo, a code number of the control body is displayed as well as the place where the agricultural raw materials composing the product have been farmed.
France's national logo for organic products since 1985. Organic products carrying the logo must contain more than 95 percent organic ingredients. Agriculture Biologique (AB – France), certifies agricultural and livestock products, processed products for human consumption, animal feed. AB encourages the export of organic products to France.
KRAV is the main certification organisation for organic production in Sweden. The products marked with its logo are well known in the Swedish market. The KRAV label stands for food produced without artificial chemical pesticides, good animal welfare, reduced climate impact, more biodiversity and better working conditions. Eat better. Eat more sustainably - for the planet and for people.