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Organic Certification

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    INTRODUCTION

     

    We give priority to life, assume responsible behaviours, practise the philosophical essentiality mood: “less futile and material comfort, more ethic and soul richness.”

     

    Earth is the most beautiful planet: pleasant and cozy, it gives hospitality to plants, animals, man since millions years. Saving earth vitality means preserving the fundamental conditions in order to make earth still able to host human being and feed it with healthier food.

    Care of soil and of all living beings is fundamental to save the same man.

     

    Actual planetary environment is in a chaotic phase and is rapidly evolving, compromised by indiscriminate exploiting of natural resources. Human being is totally confused and is experiencing a value and identity crisis. There are very poor and hungry people and other very rich and pervert. If we are still on time we shall focus on the original value of life, its ancestral meaning, its simple essence so rich of values, emotions, love.

     

     

    ORGANIC FARMING

     

    Organic farming is a production method defined from a legislative point of view at European level by a first regulation, CEE 2092/91 Regulation, then replaced by CE 834/07 and 889/08 Regulations, and at national level by Ministerial Decree 18354/09.

    The term “organic farming” indicates a growing and breeding method that allows only the use of natural substances, i.e. already available in nature, excluding the employment of chemical substances (fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides).

     

    Organic farming means developing a production model that avoids the excessive exploitation of natural resources, in particular of soil, water and air using instead these resources in a long-lasting development model.

    In order to safeguard natural fertility of soil, organic farmers use organic material and proper farming techniques to avoid intensive exploitation.

     

    Concerning breeding methods, farmers pay attention to animals wellbeing and health: livestock is fed with organic grass and forage and does not assume antibiotics, hormones or other substances

    artificially stimulating growth and milk, meat, eggs production.

    Furthermore, all organic farms shall have wide spaces in order to allow animals to move and pasture freely.

     

    According to organic farming quality is a plural noun. There are the four qualities coming from the simple compliance to European production laws (CEE 2092/91 Regulation). They are then fixed and mandatory qualities regarding better environmental impact, healthiness, MGO absence and the guarantee offered by the control and certification system.

    There are also other qualities not required by the CEE Regulation but that can be applied by producers, either alone or associated, to their products by adopting further rules or particular behaviours.

    Among these qualities, ongoing evolving, there are e.g. fair trade, food sovereignty and the building of a new relationship between town and land.

     

     

    MORE HEALTH WITH TASTE

     

    Sanitary security, nutritional value and organoleptic properties, or eat with taste to use other words: this is what everybody wants from the food that eats on tables. Organic products, thanks to agronomic techniques adopted, in particular the absence of chemical substances, are generally more safe than others from a sanitary point of view.

     

    Several studies show that nutritional value of organic products is often higher than that of conventional products.

    In particular, the higher presence of precious antioxidant substances has often been registered.

    Studies also compare the taste of conventional and organic products and show the high quality level of the latest.

    Their rewarding is always more frequent during international competitions.

     

     

    MORE FRIEND OF THE ENVIRONMENT

    Air, water and soil pollution, erosion and loss of fertility of the soil, biodiversity decrease, high energy consumption and greenhouse gas production (farming “contribution” is estimated at 7%): these are some of the problems caused by conventional farming and that even its genetically modified version has not been able to fix.

    On the contrary, organic farming has shown to be able to offer solutions to all these problems either by the compliance to the CEE Regulation or by the voluntary adoption of more restrictive rules by the same farmers.

    Organic farming reduces at its minimum value the waste dispersion into soil, water and air, preserves natural soil fertility, safeguards the complexity of the agricultural ecosystem and its biodiversity, consumes less energy.

     

     

    MGO FREE

     

    In 1991, when the CEE Regulation for organic farming was approved, MGO – Genetically Modified Organisms - were less and less diffused than now.

    Anyway, an article of that Regulations explicitly prohibited their usage in organic farming.

    The international movement for organic farming, which wanted and promoted that regulation, had understood uncertainty and risks of the MGO employment in organic farming.

    As they have shown later on, that uncertainty and risks affect environment, human health and the same possibility for people to choose what to produce and how to be nourished.

    The path proposed by MGO farming is the opposite of the organic farming one: therefore, their coexistence is impossible.

     

     

    YOU KNOW WHAT YOU EAT

     

    Knowing what we eat means knowing the essential stages of food production from land to shops.

    Two conditions are mandatory to make this possible: a cluster of rules food production and distribution shall comply with, one or more independent bodies that check rules application and certify it for consumers.

    This is what happens for organic products with the application of the CEE Regulation 2092/91, through an inspection activity which affects either the production process or the final product, from the land to your table.

    It is a system that can be improved and it is actually submitted to a review process after more than twenty year from its adoption. Anyway, actually organic food is still the one offering more guarantees. 

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