The consumption of organic products
All of these restrictions seek to maintain the integrity of the inputs. Therefore, “in natura” products and inputs for processing are only considered organic if grown following all the rules of organic planting established by Brazilian and international legislation. About the certifications Organic products must be certified by an Organic Conformity Assessment Body accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.
Currently, two types of certifications are foreseen: Certification by Audit and Participatory Guarantee Systems. Certification by audit is the most used procedure worldwide. The certifiers, based on national and international procedures and criteria, periodically evaluate the conformity of production and certify its adequacy to the requirements. Participatory guarantee systems are based on the collective responsibility of the members of the system,
Usually composed of producers,
Currently, 200 properties are already certified or registered with the organic seal. Another 200 properties are being prepared to enter this market. In the late 1980s, the organic fair in block 306 South, with six producers, was the only point of reference for dozens of people looking for products for an alternative food, free of pesticides. . Today, there are already 51 fairs for organic farmers spread across the DF. It is estimated that there are 150 points of sale for this type of product,
consumers, technicians and other people interested in improving aspects related to the theme. But not all organic products are certified. Recognizing the importance of family farming, Brazilian legislation created an exception and authorized the sale of organic products directly to the consumer [bb], as long as the producer is linked to a Social Control Organization – OCS.
- This, established formally or informally, should guarantee consumers access to their properties, giving transparency to
- the process. How to identify an organic productBefore buying, you must know how to recognize
- whether a product was produced according to the best agro-ecological practices. Organic products are essentially classified according to the amount of organic inputs they have. In general, certified products have stamps identifying the nature of the certification.
So, just as it is important to read the labels of the products we buy (read more on the subject in the article “How to read the labels of the food we eat”), it is also important important to understand the classifications of organic products. See below how they are classified today: 100% Organic Product: “in natura” product grown following all the rules of organic production;
Organic Product: the product contains at least 95% of organically produced ingredients, excluding water and salt; with organic ingredients: the product contains at least 70% to 95% organic ingredients; Natural Product: the product contains less than 70% organic ingredients, but follows the same rules used for processed organic products.
Some certifications go beyond
the amount of organic inputs that an item presents, also guaranteeing its origin based on the principles of solidarity economy and fair trade (read more about the subject in the text “Social and environmental impacts of consumption”). organicInserting organic products into our routine is very healthy and responsible.
Not only because the taste and aroma of these products are fantastic, but also because encouraging their trade preserves the natural resources, the fauna and the local flora, in addition to improving our quality of life. Great, but if you still have doubts about the benefits of organics Regarding traditional products, some considerations follow: We only add certain types of toxins to our bodies after the creation of modern agriculture.
- Before, all foods were produced organically respecting natural cycles. Today, we find everything all the time, but not with the same quality; Pesticides and
- agricultural fertilizers are great polluters of rivers and groundwater. Even so, a small traditional farmer cannot compete with large productions without using them.
Competing in traditional agriculture, it is subject to the bargaining power of large buyers and, thus, the income grows painfully, causing the farmer to increase the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers to increase productivity; Monoculture is contrary to biodiversity. Gigantic areas cultivating the same type of product make the system fragile and susceptible to
External factors of imbalance,
which increases the need for pesticides and fertilizers. Thus, the benefits of organic consumption go beyond improving our food [bb], promoting also positive changes in this entire production chain. Organic consumption grows 34% in the Federal District and generates R $ 35 million. The number of producers is expected to doubleMG Marlene Gomes – Especial para
- The market for organic products in the Federal District continues to grow. The estimated production of organic vegetables and fruits is 8,200 tons per
- year, which represents an average annual growth of 34%. There are 45,000 people here who consume only organic
- products. With an eye on this niche, which moves R $ 35 million per year, the sector has been structuring itself.
located in several commercial establishments, such as supermarkets and grocery stores. But the demand is much greater than the supply.ReferenceContinues after advertising “The DF is the Federation unit that grows the most, and invests in organic products. For us, researchers and technicians, has never been fashionable, but rather a trend for the future ”,
says Roberto Guimarães Junqueira, coordinator of Agroecology and Organic Production at the Technical Assistance and Rural Extension Company of the Federal District (Emater – DF). Since Wednesday, the Supply Centers of the Federal District (Ceasa-DF) have a space dedicated to organic products, supplied wholesale for supermarkets and restaurants. The expectation is that this new space will move around R $ 200 thousand per month.