The attention to organic farming is growing in Italy (and Europe). To confirm it is the attention enjoyed by the biological between the institutions, in the front row with the European Commission and its campaign “good for nature, good for you.”
People are increasingly aware of the quality of the food being perceived as a elemeto important for good health. In fact, consuming organic food is seen by more and more people a way to protect their own health and well-being, but also a way to protect the environment and society in general. The development of the organic was accompanied and aided by the growing demand for food quality assured and controlled.
Thus has consolidated the link between the value and the quality of food and the guarantee of its origin.
Since it is not always possible to establish a relationship of trust immediately, including a lack of time, with whom the food it produces and sells it becomes necessary to intervene by means of a voluntary certification standards recognized and shared. With this certification, a farmer delegation a controlling entity, in turn, accredited and audited to certify and guarantee to consumers that have used methods and cultivation techniques “organic”.
What is or should be an organic farm then?
Do not be afraid to ask what is produced and where it is produced. Walk with someone and get where they are grown illustrate the various products. Not every farm are farms. There are many villas in the countryside, but also beautiful, but do not produce anything directly and have chosen to define farm to use the tax benefits enjoyed by farms. If that’s what you’re looking good but be aware that the villa, the residence, the house, the restaurant does not have a farm.
And if you do not directly produce any agricultural product what they’re using to prepare your own meals? Ask, ask, ask!
And what to do to be regarded as organic?
Organic farming is described by the European Commission as a system that promotes the production of agricultural products that come from companies that respect nature and animal welfare, they also create new opportunities for people in rural areas. According to EU regulations, a biological product can be certified that if at least 95% of the ingredients are produced according to the rules of organic farming, using that at all stages of production only those substances that have a specific authorization and using methods of production in accordance with the standards of EU members and the community. The requirements that apply to organic production European Union also apply to imported products.
For example, organic products do not contain artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), because it is believed that they are incompatible with organic production (Regulation (EC) No 834/2007). Community rules for the European organic certification are used not only for fresh products such as fruits and vegetables but also for processed organic products (such as bread, olive oil, cheese, pasta, etc.). Provided they are made with basic ingredients certified organic. Certification may also be required for meat, fish and eggs only if you obey the rules and regulations of the livestock which for example require that the animals have access to wide open spaces and their feed is produced according to the criteria production of organic).
Farm in order to define organic farming shall be checked and certified by an accredited test institution. Must have a certificate of conformity and a code operator and must be included in the list of certified companies can be found on the site of the inspection
Often the farms they still want to take advantage of the attention and awareness of consumers for organic production and placing on the search engines with the keyword “organic farm”. Still do not be afraid to check and ask who they are and what their certified operator code and verify that you are defined without being organic.
Ask, ask, ask!