Everything Riverford grows, makes and sells is organic – not just when it’s on trend, but 100% of the time.
Most people understand a bit about organic; something to do with not using artificial pesticides? Really organic is so much more than that, with standards covering everything from animal welfare to artificial colours.
Riverford have been farming organically for over 30 years. Here’s why we think it’s the best show in town.
Non-organic farms can use almost 300 pesticides, linked to a 75% drop in bees.
Organic fields and hedges provide habitats for predatory bugs, who eat aphids off our crops.
Nitrogen-based fertilisers are the biggest source of all nitrous oxide emissions.
We grow speedy crops like clover, then plough them into the soil, building nutrients naturally.
Growing the same crop year after year, on vast swathes of land, is exhausting for the soil.
Organic fields are cycled through various crops over time, keeping the soil fertile and healthy.
Farm animals account for 40% of antibiotic use in the UK, to prevent illness in poor conditions.
Organic animals enjoy outstanding welfare, and rarely need antibiotics (only given when needed).
Most UK chicks have the front third of their beaks removed, without anaesthetic.
Even more space!
Organic forbids debeaking. Roaming hens are stress-free and unlikely to peck each other.
Genetically modified feeds
Many non-organic farm animals are fed on imported GM maize and soya.
Rich natural diet
Organic animals only eat organic, non-GM feed. Most of their diet is grazed in the field.
How organic actually works
Not being able to rely on quick-fix artificial chemicals has taught organic farmers to use naturally occurring ecological processes to our advantage.
We don’t treat our soil like dirt
Combating climate change
Agriculture is responsible for around one third of all greenhouse gas emissions. In the midst of a climate emergency, organic farming could offer huge benefits…
Artificial fertilisers require vast amounts of energy to produce and transport. Organic farmers use natural fertilisers – often things that would have gone to waste.
Healthy soils store massive amounts of carbon, stopping it from being released into the atmosphere. UK soils alone hold 9.8 billion tonnes of carbon.
Organic practices maximise soil health and carbon storage. If all UK farming went organic, at least 1.3 million tonnes of carbon would be taken up by the soil each year
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Organic can feed the world
Research by scientists from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 2017 found that if food waste and consumption of animal products were both reduced, organic farming could feed a global population of 9 billion sustainably by 2050.
Newcastle University researchers found that organic crops are up to 60% higher in key antioxidants than conventionally grown ones, and both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products.
Better for wildlife
There is growing evidence that certain non-organic pesticides are the primary driver behind the decline of bees and other pollinators worldwide. Conversely, there is around 50% more plant, insect and bird life on the average organic farm, with 30% more species.
Three times a day
you get to vote with your fork
If enough people choose ethical eating, together we can have a real impact.
Choose 100% organic. Choose Riverford.
Everything we grow, make and sell is 100% organic. Our iconic veg boxes bring you the most flavoursome veg of every season, grown as nature intended.
Choose from a wide selection of seasonal boxes – and top up with organic dairy, drinks, store cupboard staples and more. Delivery is free; no need to be home.