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Organic products

To date the sensitivity towards environmental issues among a large part of the population has increased. The organic product then, with regard to its availability, is much more widespread: it is no longer found only in small specialized shops but also on the large market.
The supermarkets on the shelves in fact, are full but in reality what is it that differentiates them from all the others? The elements deriving from organic farming are born from the need to rediscover the harmony between man and nature, to take better care of one's health and to rediscover the taste of healthy eating. Originate from an agriculture that does not want to exploit the land indiscriminately but that takes advantage exclusively of its natural fertile properties. These foods are therefore the result of cultivations grown without the use of chemical substances - pesticides and synthetic substances -, but only with the use of natural systems, in total respect of the environment. To fertilize, organic farming uses natural mineral and organic fertilizers and to protect them from pests, it uses only elements of natural origin and low environmental impact.
The operations related to organic farming include the use of the resources of the place of production, the rotation of the same crops and in particular the absolute prohibition of the use of GMOs, the so-called "genetically modified organisms". As explained by European regulations, the fruits that contain them can only be defined as organic if the GMOs contained in the products are less than 0.9% and if the ingredients containing GMOs have been inserted unintentionally.

When a product is organic

A product can be defined as biological in certain cases. Meanwhile when it is cultivated in soils distant from possible sources of contamination such as highways or factories. The soil must also be converted every two years - thus avoiding the use of herbicides - and the fruits obtained in this period - even in the case where no chemical substances have been used - are not yet considered bio because the soil could still have residues. The product is organic when organic substances and residues of previous cultivation are used for its cultivation.
And when referring to food of animal origin, livestock is fed with feeds that have not been chemically treated and the use of hormones, antibiotics or growth stimulants of any kind has been totally excluded.

New organic farming regulations

Since 2010, with regard to organic aquaculture, the new European Regulation has come into force. Fish farming has also been regulated in this way: biologically bred animals must be able to grow in well-oxygenated and high quality waters and have a suitable space for their well-being. The feed they need for their food must be aquaculture and mainly organic.
Furthermore, according to European regulations, since the main distribution channels of organic foods are specialized shops, markets and supermarkets, specific labeling has been envisaged to certify and promote the recognition of the products in question.
From July 2010 all organic products must have the EU symbol written on the label.
So nowadays, thanks to these new regulations, it is easier to recognize products that can be defined 100% organic.

Organic food yes or no

On the market today, there is now an organic alternative to all the foods we normally consume at the table: fruit juices, homogenized for children, cereals, biscuits, bread, yogurt, sweets, coffee, even tea. And there are various opinions about organic food and their quality. Those who are not inclined to their use often say that their quality is lower than conventional foods. Those who use it widely argue that some of these foods are even tastier and more nutritious. In reality neither of the two opinions can be defined as truthful and as in all things, the reason lies in the middle. The safest thing is that being their natural origin, and therefore their cultivation without GMOs, pesticides and chemicals in general, it is certainly genuine and at the same time "environmentally friendly".
Unfortunately a note to the detriment of organic food is the price. On average, these foods cost 10 to 30 percent more than conventional foods. This is because, for example, the farmer, in order to avoid the use of herbicides and chemicals, must provide and do the work by hand, using more time and effort.
Only an adequate price increase - which covers possible costs and additional risks - can stimulate the production of organic foods.