Organic food – why choose certified products?

The demand for the so-called eco food. Customers pay more and more attention to purchases, read product labels and search for BIO, ECO or ORGANIC products on store shelves, and store foil “nets” are replaced with paper or reusable bags. Is it just a fashion or a symptom of growing consumer awareness and maturity? What is organic food really and how not to be fooled by advertising gimmicks used on products that only pretend to be organic?

Organic food – what is it?

Organic food is high-quality food. It can be obtained from plant or animal products produced in the organic farm system, meeting a number of guidelines that avoid the use of chemical plant protection products, artificial fertilizers, growth regulators or feed additives. As a result, these products are safe, and instead of toxic chemicals, they provide us with more vitamins, minerals and nutrients and their taste is not the result of artificial enhancers but of natural growth. Moreover, these products must not be genetically modified or sprayed with pesticides, including the soil in which they are grown*.

In addition to the positive impact of organic food on our body, its impact on the surrounding environment should also be noted.

Use of only natural fertilizers protects microorganisms and has a positive effect on the quality and structure of the soil.

How to recognize organic food?

The easiest way to check if a product meets the organic food requirements is to look at its label and see if it has the logo of organic farming certificate. The logo presents green leaf and under the logo you should find certifying unit identification number and origin of the product. Its presence on the packaging means that the producer meets the requirements of the Act on Organic Agriculture and that at least 95% of the ingredients have been produced using organic methods. It should also be noted that the designations “Bio”, “Eco” or “Organic” can only be used by certified organic food producers and it refers to the fact that ingredients are produced with the use of organic farming.

Attention – let’s not be fooled!

Unfortunately, despite numerous product controls, many manufacturers try to “shorten their path” and tempt customers with catchy slogans that can mislead and pretend to be organic. Very often the term “organic food” is confused with the term “healthy food” which sounds nice but unfortunately has nothing to do with organic food. We must remember that this is only a name created for the needs of marketing and no standards that define the method of production go hand in hand with it.

To be certain that we choose really healthy and good-quality products, always make sure that they have an organic food certificate, which guarantees a good choice and have the following mark.

 

* Source:

https://www.gov.pl/web/rolnictwo/certyfikaty