Harvest a healthy and tasty product
“Before, only retail was served,” explained the president of Ceasa-DF, José Deval. The trend towards the consumption of organic products was recorded in a study carried out by Emater in 2005 and which is still a reference for technicians today. A survey carried out by the company in 557 households in 25 administrative regions of the Federal District identified the level of consumption and the potential of markets for organic products, focusing on the production chain until reaching the consumer.
The result showed that 78% of respondents started consuming organic products for considering healthier and more nutritious products, 73% pointed out that cultivation does not harm the environment and 54% saw the advantage of respecting labor standards. In addition, almost 50% responded that the products looked good; 40% highlighted the
Differentiated taste and aroma of the products.
Engineer Marcelino Barberato and his wife, Abadia, dentist, bought, in the early 1980s, a plot of 14 hectares in the rural area of Samambaia. The couple intended to plant vegetables and fruits in a natural way. Three decades later, the Gerânium site is a reference in the Federal District in the study and application of agroecological gardens. It is not enough for them to produce pesticides, fertilizers or chemical fertilizers, rich in the diversity of vitamins and minerals.
- Barberato invests in the diversity of cultures and adopts production techniques that do not harm the environment. “It is necessary to
- work on the soil, water, air, so that there is integration and balance of the system and the products are
- healthy. The management of the plants is different and care is taken even with the people who are taking care of the plantations.
They need to work happily to. When we eat a healthy product, we get better ”, evaluates the farmer. Certification requires auditing Before producers can sell their products in Brazil as organic, producers must comply with a series of bureaucratic requirements. They must have certification by audit and by the Participatory System, in addition to the registration of organic producers by the Social Control Organization (OCS),
made directly at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA). Fairs may have products from the three modalities. In audit certification, an institution checks methods and processes and compares them with federal legislation. In the participatory certification, carried out by the Participatory Organic Conformity Assessment Body (OPAC),
The farmers themselves organize themselves
and carry out the process based on current legislation, under constant assessment by MAPA. In Brasilia, there is OPAC Cerrado. Continues after advertising OCS is made up only of family farmers and the sale can only be made directly to the consumer. In this case, there is no certification and the producer cannot sell to third parties.
- However, the organization must be registered with MAPA, which evaluates and monitors the processes, verifying if it adequately performs the organic
- conformity investigations, and if the products have traceability and quality compatible with the organic production
- legislation. In the DF there are six OCS’s, in different regions. Association Created in 1988, the Ecological Agriculture Association (AGE) is a pioneer in the DF in organic agriculture, acting from production,
commercialization, legislation to inspection. The entity brings together producing partners and consuming partners of food produced in agroecological systems. “The association arose out of the ideals of a group of environmentalists and agronomists. Today we have 15 producers ”, explains the entity’s president, Teresa Cristina Correa.
The number of fans of this type of consumption continues to grow, for different reasons. Joana Mota was a girl when her mother, Rosana, had breast cancer. To complement the conventional treatment, the doctor also indicated a diet with pesticide-free products, because the patient’s body was more sensitive. The mother was cured of the disease and Joana never abandoned the organic ones, once and for all incorporating this type of food into her way of life.
Today, at the age of 25, Joana buys vegetables and fruits, once a week, at an agroecological fair in Asa North. “It’s a matter of choice. I know and want to contribute to this production chain ”, explained Joana.The University of Brasília (UnB) conducts a series of researches aimed at improving organic production. “In our research,
We evaluated the productive system as a whole
Explains the professor at the Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Ana Maria Resende Junqueira. In product innovation, research for making paper and organic compost stands out of the pequi peel. This results in ecological packaging for products that come from the extraction of the cerrado. “The pequi peel represents 62% of the fruit. Therefore, its use in new products removes waste from the environment and can help increase the income of small extractivist farmers ”, explained the professor.
She also highlighted advances in research for innovation, with the study on the use of plant extracts for pest management. Permaculture movement grows in the U.S. November 9, 2011 posted by Luiz JacquesPrint Friendly, PDF & EmailAs a way to saving the world, digging a ditch next to a pile of sheep manure seems to be a modest start. I recognize: the gap was not just a gap. The intention was to build a ‘grassy ditch’, an embankment to decrease the flow of water from a hillside,
- on a recreational farm in western Wisconsin, in the United States. And the diggers, far from working with this in their day by day, they had paid $ 1,300 to
- $ 1,500 (R $ 2,100 to R $ 2,400) for the privilege of using their shovels under the gray sky of a Tuesday morning in late June.
Fourteen of us had we got together to learn about Permaculture, a simple system to build sustainable human settlements, restore soil, plant food rotation fields in the soil, conserve water, redirect the flow of refuse, form more sociable communities and, if everything went according to the plans, to transform the imminent crisis of the earth’s resources into a new era of happiness. That would have to have a very good gap.