Consumers encouraged to go organic

June 25 2018

LOCAL independent stores in Redland and Bishopston have supported a campaign that encourages consumers to try organic food.

On Wednesday June 13, the Organic Trade Board’s Wake Up To Organic Day saw ten stores in Bristol dish up organic breakfast tasters to local shoppers to show how easy it is to go organic. 

Choosing organic food and drink is continuing to grow in the UK with sales at an all-time high of £2.2bn, and it has several benefits. For example, it’s better for nature and the planet as organic farming works uses fewer pesticides, it’s better for animal welfare and consumers will always know exactly what’s in their food as GM crops and ingredients are banned.

Cara Peters from Wild Oats on Lower Redland Road told Bishopston Voice that this year they offered customers samples of their ‘Wild Overnight Oats’ recipe. Commenting further, she said: “Wild Oats are thrilled to be taking part in the Wake Up To Organic event again this year. It’s fun to offer breakfast samples and highlight some tasty ways to use our organic produce. It gets conversations started with our customers about why we feel choosing organic is a good idea. 

“We really want to draw attention to the benefits to body and planet of choosing organic. It’s also wonderful to know that other business all over Bristol will be getting involved with similar events.”

Richard Capon from Harvest Co-op at the bottom of Gloucester Road also added: “Wake Up To Organic contacted us and we said we’d like to be involved as it’s something we have done in previous years. On Wake Up To Organic Day we offered customers tasters of organic cereals, spread and crackers, and cereal bars to get them to have a taste of organic products. 

“At Harvest we want to support as many organic producers as possible, and we’re one of the few places on Gloucester Road that sell organic fruit and veg.”  

To find out more about Wake Up To Organic, visit