Consuming organic products is not easy. Cosmetics or even food packages may indicate that the ingredients are from organic farming. However, that doesn’t mean that what you’re buying is 100% organic. Take note, because today we give you the keys to find out if a product is organic.
Know the characteristics of an organic product
Organic products are those whose production process is natural. That is, they make use of natural resources, are sustainable and respect the environment. Organic farming prohibits the use of chemical substances such as pesticides or fertilizers, as well as the use of transgenic seeds.
Organic farming is defined by keeping animals free and feeding them on natural feed and food. The use of growth hormones or antibiotics are not suitable for this type of farming.
Look at the label
The solution is in labelling. All organic products are certified to guarantee this. This will depend on the place of production and its origin. Products from the European Union will contain the Euroleaf. The label with a green background and a leaf formed by stars. In addition, each Spanish Autonomous Community will include a label indicating the product’s autonomous origin.
The label certifies that the products come from organic farming and also that they have passed the quality controls and inspections that ensure the natural origin of the food.
Ecology beyond food
Ecology is not only found in food. Many other products or items that we use in our daily lives have followed the guidelines of organic production. For example, computers, cosmetics, cleaning products, clothes and shoes, lighting items or furniture can follow the ecological model. The Ecolabel is the seal that certifies this.
This label is backed by the European Union and means that recycled fibres and components have been used, the emission of waste has been greatly reduced, the end products are biodegradable or their waste is not so harmful to the environment and that the production of such gadgets has emitted little waste into the atmosphere.
Another tip to know if a food is organic is to read the ingredient list. Look for those that contain natural ingredients that you recognize at first glance. Avoid products that contain preservatives, the typical and abundant “E-“.
However, even if you know all the ingredients at first glance, this does not mean that they are organically grown. For this you should check the seals and labels.
This trick can help you make a healthier purchase with foods that are as natural as possible.
Don’t be fooled
Besides looking and checking that what we are buying is ecological through the labels, we can also verify it if we see that the words: ecological, biological, eco and bio are included in the package. Although it may seem silly, Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products supports the fact that only 100% organic products can include these words on their packaging.
Fill your pantry with natural organic products. You’ll be putting away chemicals such as pesticides, but also the genetic transformations that many vegetables and fruits undergo. Choose to buy seasonal food and if you can, grow it near the region where you live. Not only do you ensure a healthy future for yourself, but also for the planet.