In this month's issue I look at the emerging organic movement in France and in particular my own region Pyrénées-Orientales, which has seen a doubling of organic producers in just 12 months. It seems that one of the effects of the economic crisis has been to encourage people to grow their own vegetables, explore local markets and not simply rely on supermrket standardised products that have been imported or travelled long distances, when they can be found locally.
I explain the different European labelling systems including the reliable French 'AB' symbol, and how to avoid meaningless descriptions such as 'farm fresh' or 'natural' which have no real validity.
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