'Organic – Bio-dynamic – Ecological'
Organic guarantees that a product has been produced under certain conditions and that livestock has been kept as such. The rules apply to all links in the production chain. Farmers must comply, but production companies may not just stick the term organic on their products. Organic conditions also apply to the packaging, import, trade, export and storage of organic products.
All rules that organic entrepreneurs must adhere to are laid down in EU legislation. This means that the rules are the same in all 27 European member states. Whether a farmer is in Friesland or in southern Spain: 'organic' has the same meaning everywhere. In Europe, the European Commission determines which rules entrepreneurs must comply with. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality determines how these rules are implemented here. The EU rules for organic were laid down in 1992. Before that, there were already national rules for farmers who worked organically. However, they differed per country. Since EU law, the rules are the same throughout the EU. And organic products can now be recognized in all EU countries by the same quality mark. The Organic quality mark already ensures that the quality of your food is largely guaranteed. However, organic is the lower limit for 'real food'. Do you want to actually improve your health through the nutrition you consume? Then you will have to buy the food that you ingest the most and/or that contains the most toxic substances (pesticides or medication) Biodynamic or Ecological.
Biodynamic agriculture goes a step further than organic agriculture. Soil fertility and strengthening growth are central to this. Biodynamic companies do this by:
1. Organic fertilizer.
2. Planned crop rotation.
3. The use of silica and herbal preparations.
4. The use of a sowing calendar, taking into account the position of the planets. In addition to agricultural activities, a biodynamic company often also keeps animals. Biodynamic farmers take the individual character of animals into account. Chickens keep their beaks, cows their horns. Furthermore, high standards apply to animal feed and animal housing. All this to contribute to the overall health of the entire food chain. From micro-organisms in the soil that contribute to the health of the plants, to the micro-organisms that are in your intestines as a human being.
In fact, ecological farming has the same working method as organic farming. Yet there is a subtle difference between organic and ecological:
- Organic pays particular attention to the relationship between the environment, people and health.
- Ecological very consistently takes into account the entire ecosystem in which we live and avoids everything that can harm this system (and therefore precisely the micro-organisms that determine our health!). Ecological is: environmentally friendly, as little as possible burdening or polluting the environment. Ecological agriculture does not work with chemical pesticides because of the difficult to break down toxic substances. Not even with artificial fertilizer, because its production requires a lot of energy.
What is ecological is always organic. But the reverse is (by far) not always true. Does the exploitation of a biological product disrupt an ecosystem? Then it does not belong in an ecological cultivation system. Here too, the health of the entire food chain is monitored and therefore your health directly.