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Organic September – discover why organic food is naturally different 22.05.12

Europe’s biggest celebration of all things organic will be taking place throughout September, brought to you by the Soil Association – the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Watch out for events up and down the country on organic farms, in shops, schools, and restaurants and on a high street near you.

The Soil Association is asking the nation to discover why organic food is naturally different this September in support of the ‘Organic, naturally different’ campaign, which aims to increase consumer knowledge around the benefits of organic food and why it is worth paying a little bit extra. Organic food is produced by farming systems which work with nature; are kind to animals; avoid using pesticides; and ban GM ingredients.

To celebrate Organic September and inspire people to cook with seasonal organic ingredients the Soil Association has collected a mouth-watering array of recipes from renowned chefs and food writers including Allegra McEvedy, Darina Allen, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Raymond Blanc, Sophie Grigson, Valentine Warner, and Xanthe Clay.

The delicious recipes are based on fresh ingredients which are seasonal to September and include Caponata, Green Bean Sabzi, Sweetcorn and Pepper Relish, and Lemony Courgettes on Toast. For those with a sweet tooth, desserts include Apple Granita, Blackberry and Apple Muffins, Chocolate and Beetroot Brownies, and Raspberry Millefeuille.

Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, said: “Organic September is Europe’s biggest celebration of all things organic and is a great chance for people to discover what makes organic food naturally different and to enjoy all the special offers and events happening across the country. Why not give your body a boost before winter by cooking up some of the mouth-watering recipes we have collected based on fresh, seasonal organic fruit and vegetables. Choosing organic food has got to be one of the easiest, most delicious and enjoyable ways to make a real difference.”

Darina Allen, owner of the internationally renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School at Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Ireland, said: “I support Organic September because I’m convinced of the health giving properties of food grown on rich fertile soil without artificial pesticides and chemicals.”

Sophie Grigson, food writer and broadcaster, said: “The more people tune into the pleasures of organic food the more chance they get to discover the restorative impact it has on the world around us. The simple truth is that organic farming is good for everyone. It’s a win-win situation.”

Xanthe Clay, food writer for the Daily Telegraph and author of books including ‘Recipes to Know by Heart’, said: “I support Organic September because I believe in responsible farming methods and diversity - both of which organic farming delivers in spades.”

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