This September, go Organic…

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It’s Organic September month. But what does this mean? “Organic September” is a campaign run by the Soil Association, designed to promote and educate people about organic food and farming practices.

Using more organic farmed produce can have many advantages such as benefiting nature, wildlife and building healthy soils. According to the Soil Association, approximately 95 % of food production relies on soil.1

 Organic always means:

  • No artificial colours and preservatives
  • Fewer pesticides
  • Always free range
  • No GM ingredients
  • No routine use of antibiotics

There are many ways in which you can get involved in the organic movement.
Here are just a few:

1. Reduce waste. The first step to sustainable living is going zero waste and what better way to start then at home. Learn the rules of recycling in your area and stop using plastic bags. Get used to reusable containers and you can even have a compost bin in the garden for the leftover food.

2. Shop local. Shopping at an independent store or farm shop is one of the easiest ways to support your local economy. These places have many less known organic brands that aren’t as easy to find in the supermarkets. More demand for organic food means more organic farms, and more organic farms means more wildlife and healthier soils.

3. Eating out? Ask where your food comes from. It could be ordered in bulk from a major supplier, or just simply supplied by the local farm. It’s always good to know.

4. Grow your own. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is not only fun, but also very satisfying knowing you have grown them yourself and that they are 100% organic. It is also about passing on the knowledge to future generations of gardeners and food lovers and learning more about where our food comes from. Even if you missed out on this summer’s harvest, it’s not too late to start planting your own seeds. For example, spring cabbages and spinach seeds can be planted now and picked next spring, whilst broad beans, onions and pea seeds are hardy during the upcoming winter season and should crop in early spring.

Whatever products you’re buying, when you choose organic food, drink or beauty and textiles, you choose products that promote a better world. Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year with the standards for organic food being laid down in European law.

Both KENZEN® Super Ciaga® (#17001) and Jade GreenZymes® (#20310 – Sachets / #20311 – Jar) from Nikken are certified Organic by the Soil Association, something we are very proud of.

Campaigning for more organic food and farming and getting involved, means that together, we can slow down climate change, setting an example for future generations.

1. https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/

9th September 2019

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This September… celebrate all things Organic!

OS-Home-EmailBanner1Organic food has become very popular. The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. How your food is grown or raised could have a major impact on your health as well as the environment. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally grown counterparts.

Here are some of the benefits of going Organic:

Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.

Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic products are usually produced on smaller farms near where it is sold. This way, by going organic you support the local economy.

Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for the nearby wildlife as well as people who live close to farms.

Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal by-products. Feeding livestock animal by-products increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.

Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European studyshow that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 % higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.

Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.

Did you know? 2

  1. 43 % of the amount of British food was found to contain pesticide residues by Government testing in 2015.
  2. 98 % of the research conducted suggests pesticide use would drop in England and Wales if all farming was organic.
  3. 50 % is the average increase in wildlife on organic farms.

This September, Nikken is supporting the Soil Association’s “Organic Your September” campaign and is proud to have the Kenzen Super Ciaga® (#17001) and Jade GreenZymes®(#20310 / #20311) both certified Organic by the Soil Association.

It’s simple – more people buying organic food means more organic farms. More organic farms mean fewer pesticides, more wildlife and more animals raised under the highest standards.

The choices you make with the food you eat have an impact on the world you live in. Switching to just one organic item can really help contribute to changing our food system for the better.

  1. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160215210707.htm
  2. https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/

(10th September)

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Berry boost this winter with Ciaga®ᵛ organic juice blend

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At this time of year many of us can feel the stresses and strains of the Christmas period as well as the joy and excitement. Our bodies are also often subjected to battling against the annual influx of winter colds.

Although, many people start their day with Ciaga®ᵛ all year long, others often try this all-natural, certified-organic, 100% juice drink for the first time during the winter months. The ‘V’ in Ciaga®ᵛdenotes its vital, select group of fruits chosen for their nutrients and beneficial characteristics – and for your vitality. Let’s face, it we all need some extra vitality at this time of year!

Ciaga®ᵛ unique formulation

The foundation of Ciaga®ᵛ is the Organic Maqui-Acai fruit blend. Science has discovered that the Maqui Berry, Acai Berry and Grape Seed Extract have some of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) values of any fruit – giving Ciaga®ᵛ an ORAC* rating of more than 1500 units per 30ml. The Maqui and Acai Berry fusion also has very high levels of phenols and anthocyanins which, combined with other berries and extracts, give the remarkable blend of nutrients that Ciaga®ᵛ affords.

Natural in every way

Ciaga®ᵛ is an all-natural, certified-organic by the Soil Association, 100% juice drink with no added preservatives and a naturally sweet flavour. The organic, fresh foods in Ciaga®ᵛ are harvested at the peak of their growth cycle. No pesticides are used in the growing or processing. No sugar (only those naturally occuring from the natural ingredients), artificial colours or artificial flavours are added. Flash sterilising and aseptic bottling allow Ciaga®ᵛ to be prepared without prolonged pasteurisation, to preserve the natural nutrients.

Serve 30ml Ciaga®ᵛ chilled each day or add it to a KVB Smoothie.

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* ORAC: Short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – the ORAC is established by independent laboratory testing and analysis and attempts to quantify the total antioxidant capacity of a food.