What is Organic?

1/13/2017 11:22 PM

What is Organic?

Organic means natural. It means working with nature and not against it, supporting natural ways of farming and no use of chemical fertilizers, artificial agents or pesticides. The environmentally sustainable management of the land and natural resources means more wildlife, means the ageing of Earth can be reduced and we can have a better, more healthier tomorrow for ourselves and our coming generations.

 

Organic choices support a better and healthier tomorrow for everyone. From cotton buds to carrots – when you choose organic food, textile or beauty products, you promote a better world. Knowingly or unknowingly your choices do support a much larger movement either with natural ways of producing or against natural ways of producing.

Organic is a promise you make to yourself to bring in a better tomorrow for yourself and your loved ones.

A promise for yourself- when you choose to eat and drink organically produced food and drinks, you can reduce your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides.

A promise for animals – Organic means the very high standard of animal welfare. Organic animals are truly free range and are reared without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers.

A promise for the Planet – Organic means working with nature, not against it. The only way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, or protect natural resources is the use of fresh water and healthy soils system.  

How to identify Organic?

Organic products are completely traceable from farm to fork, from fields to your wardrobe or from mountains to your skin. Let’s discover how you can identify if the product is Organic.

The product line covered here is Food & Drink. Many countries promote and believe in Organic Farming methods and have dedicated departments helping and guiding the farmers across the country. From having more than 5 Certification Units to having certification only for export items, we have covered all the knowledge you need to understand how you can identify organic products.

 

For United States

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United States Department of Agriculture (National Organic Program) has identified three categories of labeling Organic Products:

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For Europe

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The main objective of the European Logo is to make organic products easier to be identified by the consumers. Furthermore, it gives a visual identity to the organic farming sector.

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All EU Leaf certified products bear a code which shows how an organic product can be traced from Farm to Fork. The code number appears as: AB-CDE-999 where "AB" is the ISO code for the country where the controls take place, "CDE" is a term establishing a link with the organic production like "bio" or "eko" and "999" is the attributed reference number composed of 1 to 3 digits.

For UK

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Has Approved of various UK Organic Control bodies which are easily accessible for farmers to reach. The list of them is as below

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The Soil Association organic symbol is the most widely recognized in the UK and appears on over 70% of all organic products. 

Organic standards look at all aspects of organic food manufacturing and production, storage and sales. They consider everything from packaging to animal welfare and wildlife conservation, and ban unnecessary and harmful food additives in organic processed foods.

 

For UAE

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ESMA is Federal UAE Authority established by UAE Federal Law (28) 2001

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The UAE product certification scheme is a third part National Certification Scheme being implemented by ESMA where the scheme shall grant the use of Emirates Mark of Conformity (“Al Alama”) to the product that demonstrate the compliance to these general requirements, the relevant specific requirements and the relevant UAE national standards or other acceptable standards.

A document granted to the license allows using the Emirates Mark of Conformity to the certified products under the UAE Product Certification Scheme.

 

For India

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The Government of India has implemented the National Program for Organic Production (NPOP).

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The national program involves the accreditation program for Certification Bodies, standards for organic production, promotion of organic farming etc. The NPOP standards for production and accreditation system have been recognized by European Commission and Switzerland for unprocessed plant products as equivalent to their country standards. Similarly, USDA has recognized NPOP conformity assessment procedures of accreditation as equivalent to that of US. With these recognitions, Indian organic products duly certified by the accredited certification bodies of India are accepted by the importing countries.

All information published in this blog page is from various resources and has been compiled together to acknowledge and reinforce the use of Organic Products. The important links are mentioned below:

https://ec.europa.eu

https://www.soilassociation.org

https://www.usda.gov/

http://www.apeda.gov.in/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in World of Organic By

Pooja Kautia

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Mukti Mohan

posted on 1/14/2017 3:29 PM
Dearest Pooja Kautia,

I love how this blog is concise yet thought provoking. Just what i wanted to know about the authenticity of the organic product and the term "organic" itself.

Thank you for the lovely read :)

Regards

Mukti Mohan

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