Farmers have been growing food with agricultural techniques, fertilization, and pesticides for hundreds of years. Every day there is a new product claiming to solve problems with pests, fungus, or any other crop threat. Some other products claim to be the ultimate solution for production yield intensification. Companies develop these products using genetically modified organisms, chemicals and synthetic ingredients, which are considered harmful for human beings, and responsible of cancers, mutations, and severe diseases. Consumers were concerned of the threat, and as a result, organic production standards were created. Organic standards guarantee that crops are grown without the use of any type of pesticides, GMOs or synthetic fertilizers, and at the same time ensure farmers implement production practices that protect the environment, and their workers.
Consumers can identify organic food in supermarkets or local markets thanks to the organic labels displayed on the product packaging. In order to get these labels, external certification bodies annually assess the correct implementation of the organic standards in the farm and authorize its use.
Organic standards follow the 4 principles of organic agriculture set out by The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).
Principle of health
Health comes from eating healthy food. Crops grown on soils treated with chemical fertilizers are poisoned, crops sprayed with pesticides are poisoned, and animals treated with antibiotics are poisoned. None of these provide healthy food and cannot be used in organic agriculture.
All food is derived from a living ecological cycle, from creating food of nutrients back to creating nutrients from food. Reduce, reuse and recycling of inputs is important to stimulate the ecological cycle. Through high diversity, an efficient system will ensure healthy cycles of nutrients in a clean environment with low pest numbers.
Organic agriculture values everything and everyone involved in the production. This means that fairness, respect, equity and justice should be valued towards all others, including animals. Thus farmers, workers, future generation, neighbors and animals should not suffer from production. Openness about production and trade must be ensured for fair return of the costs.
Increasing productivity, yields and efficiency must not cause harm to others, the environment of future generations. Knowledge on ecosystems and agriculture must be used to prevent damage. Knowledge from education, experience and cultures can provide good insights into the safety of a method. Thus unknown practices and techniques are only to be used after careful risk analysis. In case of doubt, refrain from using such techniques. Genetic engineering is therefore not considered a good practice for organic agriculture.
Further than a certification, organic principles guarantee the sustainable management of production resources and allow many farmers all over the world to make a living from organic farming.
Half of an avocado
250 ml fresh orange juice.
Natural Products Expo is largest and the most important trade show on the east coast and Natural Habitats is delighted to be a part of it;
Natural Habitats is eager to meet, connect and engage with like-minded businesses and customers that share our credo of sustainable and organic production for a more responsible and social world;
Natural Habitats is excited to see the mixture of different cultures at the Natural Products Expo and learn more about their heritage and typical products;
We are really excited to showcase our Natural Habitats products on our booth (number #2222) and to hear your opinion about them using the hashtags #nh #redpalmoilnh.