Pukka’s family of Teas and Organic Wellbeing are all firmly rooted in the principles of organic farming. This means much more to us than just the absence of agrochemicals; it is a method of growing crops in a way that connects people with the plants and the soil. It is a way of living lightly on the planet, ensuring that we give back as much as we take, of creating cycles of beneficial intent at each stage of a product’s journey from field to shelf.
For a farm to be truly organic we believe that herb cultivation should be just one element in a larger system, involving production of a diverse range of crops that meet the wider needs of the farmer. Some of our favourite farms demonstrate this perfectly by combining cultivation of organic herbs with subsistence food crops, livestock, large-scale compost and other organic inputs, as well as areas of sustainably managed forest for collecting wild fruits, bark and resin.
The Soil Association logo on the back of all of our products testifies that all of our ingredients are certified to EU organic standards. This certification process ensures that all our products are traceable back to their origin, thus connecting us – and you – with the farmers and the farms in which the plants are grown. Just as an organic system requires the farmer to return organic matter to the soil, so too can our relationship with the farmer enable us to give something back to him/her by providing a premium price so that the cycle of beneficial intent can continue.
There are four key organic principles of organic farming that The Soil Association adhere to;
- The Principle of Health: The role of organic agriculture, whether in farming, processing, distribution, or consumption, is to sustain and enhance the health of ecosystems and organisms from the smallest in the soil to human beings. Organic farming should avoid the use of fertilisers, pesticides, animal drugs and food additives that may have adverse health and environmental effects.
- The Principle of Ecology: Organic agriculture should attain ecological balance through the design of farming systems, establishment of habitats and maintenance of genetic and agricultural diversity. Those who produce, process, trade, or consume organic products should protect and benefit the common environment including landscapes, climate, habitats, biodiversity, air and water.
- The Principle of Fairness: Natural and environmental resources that are used for production and consumption should be managed in a way that is socially and ecologically just and should be held in trust for future generations. Fairness requires systems of production, distribution and trade that are open and equitable and account for real environmental and social costs.
- The Principle of Care: Practitioners of organic agriculture can enhance efficiency and increase productivity, but this should not be at the risk of jeopardising health and wellbeing. Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and wellbeing of current and future generations and the environment.
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