What does ''organic'' really mean?
Updated: May 6
When you go to the supermarket, you might see products stating they are ''organic''. Sounds like a positive thing, right? However, do you know what ‘’organic’’ really means?
Many people think organic foods are safer, healthier and tastier than regular foods. Others say they are better for the environment and well-being of animals. In addition, people think foods with organic labels are lower in calories than those without an organic label.
According to the European Union, products can be labeled ‘’organic’’ if they are organically produced. Production processes are ‘’organic’’ if a sustainable management system is in place for agriculture. This system should respect nature and animal welfare, enhance the soil and contribute to a high level of biodiversity. This means that organic products only use organic and safe pesticides. Furthermore, organic food must be free of artificial food additives. Most consumers buy organic fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat. However, nowadays even sodas, breakfast cereals and cookies have organic labels on their package.
Hopefully this clarifies the perception of the term “organic”. Now you can do more informed grocery shopping!