This September the Soil Association is asking us all to make small changes in our shopping, which could make a big difference to our environment, health and animal welfare.

Research that was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that organic farms support 50% more wildlife than conventional farms, while a study in the British Journal of Nutrition concluded that organically produced fruit and vegetables contain more antioxidants and lower levels of undesirable pesticides.

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To make it as easy as possible to switch to organic this month, the Soil Association has come up with 30 tips (one for every day of the month) detailed in its free guide, along with a calendar to help you keep track of your activities. These simple tips include switching to organic milk, hosting a dinner made entirely from organic ingredients, choosing clothes made from organic cotton and supercharging your beauty regime with an organic moisturiser. Better yet, why not visit your local farm shop, independent retailer or farmers’ market to stock up on your organic goods?

Organic meat can often be more expensive, which is why the association has brought together a collection of recipes from leading chefs to demonstrate how to make your meat go further and how to make the most of lesser known and cheaper cuts.

In addition, the campaign has a number of exclusive offers available on their website, such as discounts on vegbox schemes and other organic products. There will also be a number of events taking place over the course of the month, including farm walks, film screenings and cooking classes.

You can share your organic tips, recipes and photos on social media using the hashtag #OrganicSeptember.

Photograph: Zoe

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