What does organic actually mean?
Organic products are now a familiar sight in our shops. Everyone has an idea of what 'grown organically' involves; it just means something has been allowed to grow naturally. But how does that actually work?
There are some things that aren't done when growing vegetables organically. Farmers aren't allowed to use artificial fertiliser, which keeps the soil – and the vegetables – healthy. Chemical and synthetic pesticides are banned as well, with preventive measures being the main weapon against disease and insects. And organic farmers do their weeding by hand, just like we used to do. To stop soil exhaustion, they also sow different crops on a rotating basis in the same field. This multi-year plan prevents the soil from being depleted of its nutrients.
Organic chickens and organic eggs
Which came first? Naturally, if you want organic eggs, then you have to look after the chickens properly. In organic farming, chickens are kept in separate sections with no more than 3,000 animals, which works out at six chickens for every square metre. During the daytime, they can also roam around outside, where each one has four square metres of space. Naturally, the chicken feed is also organically grown: wheat, sunflower seeds, soya and maize – 100% plant-based. And the end result of all the farmers' efforts? A delicious organic egg.
The EU organic label
Once a product meets all the appropriate standards, then it can be labelled as organic. These products are marked with the green logo of the European organic label, so you can be sure you are buying something that meets strict organic farming regulations and has undergone stringent checks before going on sale in our shops. This certificate is also part of European legislation so, if you see it on a product in another European country, you can still be sure of its organic origin.
Met dit initiatief dragen we bij aan het realiseren van deze Duurzame Ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen van de Verenigde Naties.