Why Organic? Why Slade Farm Organics?
When we spoke to some of our customers and friends about why organic meat is better, it became clear very quickly that there is some confusion between free range and organic.
There is a plethora of food branding that suggests care: Freedom Foods, Farm Assured Free Range, Organic to name a few. What do these brands mean and how does Organic fit within them?
These brands are all Assurance Schemes. This involves two parts. First, someone compiles a written standard that they consider describes good practice and secondly they set up an audit scheme to ensure that all members of their scheme comply with their rules. For example under the Farm Assurance label the rules of best practice are written by farmers; under the Freedom Food logo the rules are written by the RSPA (originally for Tesco, but now adopted by most of the supermarkets for some product lines).
The Organic philosophy is that farming should be a naturally sustainable system that does not rely on artificial inputs. Rather it works with the natural world which is at the core of all farming. Through well-managed crop rotations and grazing patterns, plant and wildlife biodiversity are flourishing. Animal welfare is to a high standard, which is reflected in the quality food you eat.