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Organic Food Going Down Well In Dorset

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8:31am 14th March 2014

More people are buying and eating organic produce in the Dorset area, according to the latest research.

The Soil Association say close to 1 in 5 in the South West said they'd bought organic foods the past week, with fruit and veg topping the shopping list.

They say 2.8% more people in the region are stocking up on the natural goods than last year.

But Adam Simon, who runs the organic Tamarisk Farm in West Bexington, says although the figures are good news things are only just starting to pick up;

"People stopped or slowed down their buying of organic products when everything crashed in 2008, but things are starting to pick up again since then. People thought food was something they could economise on which I think was a mistake because the amounts on the economy were probably very small and they just went back to eating rubbish food."

"Now, we get a great deal of interest and a lot of people are  realising that organic food and particularly buying food locally have a tremendous amount of benefit for themselves, their families for the environment."

Sara Cross from Gold Hill Organic Farm shop in Child Okeford told us she's pleasantly surprised by the news and has her own idea why organic is best;

"We think it's everything really, the environment, the waste, we cut down mileage and don't use much plastic on the farm. We try to make it community based so it's a true thing "local food for local people". I think its popularity is down to a wide range of things."

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