Soil Association Organic

Soil Association Organic

Strong standard across a wide range of animal and environment areas










Label Mouse says:

This is one of your best bets when it comes to eggs, meat and dairy. It is the strongest of the organic standards.

The Soil Association does a great job at ensuring welfare benefits exceed standard industry practice, but these standards are only applied to animals that are reared outdoors. The ‘Soil Association Organic Standard’ is one of only a few schemes that chooses to “set it’s standards even higher than the minimum EU organic requirements”.

We think its pretty confusing that the words 'soil' and 'organic' imply just, well, the soil - but this standard is super wide-ranging and very well regulated.

We'd recommend checking their official site for a lot more detail (and maybe let them know they should consider a rebrand to make it all a bit clearer...).

They promise:

The Soil Association standards were the legal basis for the control of organic farming, food processing and organic labelling within the EU until 31st December 2021 and have been retained in the UK (for now).

The Soil Association has higher organic standards than required by the GB Organic Regulation in key areas: delivering the highest levels of animal welfare, protecting human and animal health, safeguarding the environment and protecting the interests of organic consumers. These reflect our mission and vision as a charitable organisation.

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There are a lot of food labels out there, but its pretty unclear what they mean.

With the UK leaving the EU we're able to define our own regulations on how our food is produced, the impact on the environment and how the animals involved are cared for. This could be a good or a bad thing. The extra player in the mix is that brands are introducing their own schemes which can appear more eco-friendly than they actually are.

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