Organic production is a production system that relies on a number of objectives and principles, as well as common practices, designed to minimize the human impact on the environment, while ensuring the agricultural system operates as naturally as possible.
Typical organic farming practices include:
But organic farming is also part of a larger supply chain, which encompasses food processing, distribution and retailing sectors and, ultimately, consumers. So every time consumers buy an organic product they can be sure they were produced according to strict rules aimed at respecting the environment and animals.
Organic production is regulated in the EU by EU Reg. 834/2007 and 889/2008 and following integrations and modifications. Outside the EU, different regulations regulate organic production. Some of them obtained the equivalence with the EU regulations while some of them didn't so producers who want to export their products to non equivalent countries should comply also with those standards.