"Organic agriculture is holistic production management systems which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity... Organic production systems are based on specific and precise standards of production, which aim at achieving optimal agro-ecosystems, which are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable. Terms such as "biological" and "ecological" are also used in an effort to describe the organic system more clearly. Requirements for organically produced foods differ from those for other agricultural products in that production procedures are an intrinsic part of the identification and labeling of, and claim for, such products."
From the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labeling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods, 1999
In order to receive the name "organic", an agricultural product has to have been cultivated, conserved and processed without synthetic pesticides or chemicals. It is a certifying agent which decide if the product can or cannot have the label "issu de l'agriculture biologique" (from organic agriculture).
Some products are waiting for their specifications; it concerns mostly agricultural non-food products.
Nowadays, people seem to be more and more preoccupied by their food. They look for quality products, which are offered by the organic agriculture.
Realized by Laurence LIVERNAIS-SAETTEL, Dietitian.
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