Food with an ethical passport attracting support as consumers look to Organic Plus

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The Vegan Organic Network is celebrating the success of its Stockfree Organic Standards, with four UK growers now carrying the certification alongside their Soil Association symbol.

Food grown using stockfree methods is being dubbed “Organic Plus” because of its high quality, its healthy profile and its contribution to greater sustainability through efficient land and water use. Stockfree growers are required to avoid not only artificial chemicals and fertilisers, but also animal manures and slaughterhouse by-products.

Iain Tolhurst of Tolhurst Organics in Berkshire supplies 400 boxes of stockfree organic produce a week to local customers, with a carbon footprint of just 8 tonnes a year, equivalent to that of an average household.

“Our customers are very keen to support our policies” says Iain “especially our not having to depend on livestock units to produce vegetables”.The Network is now aiming to set up a demonstration site and education centre to encourage the increasing number of farmers, growers and gardeners interested in stockfree techniques.

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