Organic production

certificazione-produzioni-biologicheOrganic 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:

  • Wide crop rotation as a prerequisite for an efficient use of on-site resources.
  • Very strict limits on chemical synthetic pesticide and synthetic fertiliser use, livestock antibiotics, food additives and processing aids and other inputs.
  • Absolute prohibition of the use of genetically modified organisms.
  • Taking advantage of on-site resources, such as livestock manure for fertiliser or feed produced on the farm.
  • Choosing plant and animal species that are resistant to disease and adapted to local conditions.
  • Raising livestock in free-range, open-air systems and providing them with organic feed.
  • Using animal husbandry practices appropriate to different livestock species.

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.