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Organic Standards

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Organic Standards

Farmers that wish to produce organic milk have to be registered with a control body and convert to organic production, a process that takes at least two years. Fare controlled annually to make sure all milk labelled as organic lives up to standards set by the European Union.

Livestock

Organic cows must be allowed to spend most of their lives outdoors and have comfortable bedding as well as plenty of space when brought indoors for bad weather. Their diet must be 100 percent vegetarian and organic.

Soil fertility

The soil on organic farms is fertilised with composted farm manure or green waste, and the use of synthetic fertilisers is prohibited. Farmers should utilise crop rotation since different crops add different nutrients to the soil.

Pest, disease and weed control

Farmers are not allowed to use artificial pesticides or herbicides on pastures since they can be toxic to beneficial wildlife. Antibiotics should only be given to sick animals.

GMOs

Strict tests are carried out to ensure that no genetically modified organisms are used at any stage of the milk production process.

Conservation

Organic farms should work with nature for maximum biodiversity. Hedges should for example only be trimmed in winter to allow birds to nest, and farms should be surrounded by strips of grasses to provide wildlife habitation.

For more information about organic standards in the UK please visit www.soilassociation.org.

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