- We believe that it is possible to create a more sustainable system of food production.
- We believe that it is important to support organic farmers growing vegetables close to London as it is better for everyone and the environment.
- We want to eventually reduce food miles so that you can count them on one hand by starting a patchwork city farm.
- We believe that organic food is the norm and should be affordable for everyone.
- We believe that people want and need to re-connect with their neighbours and local community.
- We want to provide jobs for local people in growing, packing and delivering the produce.
- We are a Cooperative and focus on wider project objectives and we use our profit to sustain our objectives.
One of the earliest decisions that we made when we established Field to Fork was that it was important for us to be organic. We made this decision knowing that we would have to undergo a rigorous audit by the Soil Association to become certified and then we would have to be very careful about where we sourced our vegetables and how we packed them. We wanted to be organic even though it made our operations a little more complicated for the following important reasons.
- We wanted to sell produce that you could trust
You can be safe in the knowledge that hydrogenated fats and controversial additives like aspartame, tartrazine and MSG are banned under organic standards.
- We wanted to reduce our impact on the environment and be more sustainable
Organic farming reduces pollution and greenhouse gases released from food production by restricting the use of artificial chemical fertilisers,pesticides and antibiotics. .
- We wanted to encourage the protection of wildlife
Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies. In fact, plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% higher on organic farms.
- We wanted to avoid Genetically Modified (GM) produce
GM crops and ingredients are banned under organic standards. Choosing organic is an effective way to avoid GM in your diet.
You can see our Soil Association Certificate here.
If you would like to read more about organic standards and what it means, then visit the Soil Association website.