Eco Bio Natur? Organic? There is a lot of terms that the producers and sellers of the products are skillfully accustomed to. So it’s worth finding out what is actually behind these terms? Is there a difference? Choose consciously!
The mix in terminology is due to the fact that, depending on the country, organic products can be called differently: they are referred to as “bio (bio)” in France as the “eco” prefix they refer to as “organic” ( organic “) in the US and UK.
It is important for you to start with the terminology that expands in Ukraine.
There are concepts in Ukraine:
- Natural (farmer) products;
- Organic products;
- Ecological products.
Natural products (sometimes referred to as “farmer” products) are products made directly from natural ingredients and without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, GMOs, preservatives and other substances of chemical origin. However, such products indirectly can still get elements of chemical origin. Therefore, not all natural can be considered organic.
Organic products take into account not only the immediate stages of production, but also secondary channels of formation of product composition.
For example, potatoes are grown without the addition of chemical fertilizers and protection against pests is considered natural. However, to call this potato organic, it is also necessary to take a sample of the soil on which it was grown (for a chemical fertilizer the soil completely eliminated the chemicals, it takes at least three years).
Or meat or milk of the cow will be considered natural if it does not add preservatives and do not vaccinate cattle. However, it will only be considered organic if the test for the absence of chemicals is consumed by the food and water that the cow consumes.
Ecological products are the apogee of responsibility for man and nature. Ecological products will meet the requirements of organic and in addition will take into account the environmental impact in the production process.
For example, products that use packaging from fast-soluble and non-toxic materials that do not accumulate in the soil will be considered environmentally friendly.
Or, if the production requires the use of subsoil or other natural resources, then the producer recycles the materials to be processed or conducts sustainable conservation projects (for example, using wood, planting new forests).
The consumer has the right to get information about the product’s organicity before buying. To this end, an entire system of product labeling has been developed, which has been tested for organicity and environmental friendliness.
How can you know that the product is really natural, organic and environmental?
It’s not enough just to write on the package that the product is organic – only an organic certificate gives the right to call the product organic. The guarantee of organic product is the logo of the organic standard on the package. Be sure, the organic grade product is controlled from the grain to the shelf of the store.
These marks indicate the natural and organic nature of the products:
The most common labeling for organic food is the so-called “Eurolist”. The permission for such labeling is obtained by products that have been certified by the International Organic Standard Association. The organization complies with European standards for organic production and carefully scrutinizes all stages of the production of applicants.
This certification must also be certified on an annual basis. “Organic Standard” has a high degree of trust among consumers in all countries of Europe, and now in Ukraine.
What guarantees the consumer employee “eurolistok” on packing?
- Conformity of production to European standards of organic;
- Complete inspection of all stages of production;
- Annual re-certification of manufacturers.
Organic MOL’FAR Tea has also been certified organic, all ingredients of tea are 100% organic, as evidenced by the appropriate labeling on the package.
In general, organic production is not just a conscious work, it is also a significant advantage for the consumer and society as a whole.
Consume consciously and be healthy!
From the heart, from the soul.