About Bio-seal and Eco-food
Where organic it really is organic in it – at least, the state organic seal promises. What is the meaning of this and the many other seal? What distinguishes natural from organic food? And what built-in and controlled products? Only Faith in the Good in seal is for the consumer to ultimately? Many supermarket chains now selling organic eggs, organic bread, organic milk products and noodles, or advertise organic fruit. However, many consumers are at a loss. Information and technical advice by the staff is missing. According to estimates, there are over 120 different Eco-labels. For the consumer, the proverbial chaff under the stickers and seals decorated products from wheat, barely separate. Only Faith in the Good in sealed and the hope that “Eco” is in it, when “Eco”, “organic” or “natural” on it.
What is the state organic seal of approval means?
We will make a time jump to the year 2000: In Schleswig-Holstein, will officially discovered the first BSE-sick cattle, was born in Germany. BSE-free Germany – only a myth. Highly toxic PCBS in animal feed, swine, residues of solvents, such as benzene, styrene, toluene, and xylene in the pig meat – to the list of food scandals in Germany and Europe reads like a page from a chemistry Textbook, and will be for years longer and longer. The BSE crisis gave German the (green) Minister of agriculture Renate Künast, and introduced at the beginning of 2001, the state organic seal. Meanwhile, there are also a EU-Bio-Logo, which can be used in conjunction with the state organic seal. Over 8,000 products now carry the national organic label. His message: Here is a product of organic farming, it complies with the provisions of the EC-Eco-regulation.
Specifications of the bio label:
- There will be no irradiation of organic food products can be made.
- Genetically modified organisms may not be used
- Neither chemical pesticides are still used may artificial (mineral) fertilizer.
- The animals may not be combined with antibiotics or performance enhancing drugs, and appropriate to the species must be maintained.
- Only if at least 95 percent of the ingredients come from organic farming, you may get the organic label.
The Bio-seal is a national character that is only valid in Germany. Foods originating from other EU member States or from third countries be labelled with the EU organic seal. The same requirements on production and processing need to be met, which will also be controlled. Within ten years, 20 percent of the agricultural products to be produced according to ecological criteria. The Motto is: “class instead of mass”. Whether the goal is achieved, consumers.
Can you trust the organic label?
“Organic” is now a strictly protected characters, for example, may no longer stick to each wholesale bakery arbitrarily to be whole grain bread. The strict lending criteria and a uniform labeling is an important step for the consumer. The organic label guarantees the “EC-Eco-regulation, not more and not less” -. With the single Bio-labeling an old demand of the consumer associations will be fulfilled at last.
“Real” organic food, there was already in front of the state seal. Most consumers are aware of brand names such as Bioland, Naturland or Demeter for many years. Over 90 percent of the Farms are organized in one of the associations for organic Farming. Some of these farming associations are or were under the umbrella of the 1988 founded “Association of ecological farming” (AGÖL EV). Even then, strict guidelines were in effect when a product was allowed to a specific organic label. The associations allow their member firms by independent inspection bodies regularly check and their products “certified organic” with an EU control number. Only those who comply with the guidelines, is entitled to mark its products with the appropriate trademark of the associations and of the Union control number.
German organic farmers ‘associations: In Germany, ten growers’ associations of the recognised organic farming exist. The guidelines of these associations go beyond the legal regulations of the EC-Eco-regulation. Here it is voluntarily made more than required to by law.
Current rate of growth, e. V.: in 1979, as the “current rate of growth, the East,” of farmers and consumers founded. The current rate of growth, e. V. wants to encourage the cooperation of producers, consumers and processors in a manageable Region according to ecological principles and the rural agriculture on the Basis of organic farming. Headquarters: Passau, meanwhile, is represented throughout Germany.
Bioland – Association for organic farming e. V.: in 1971, in Baden-Württemberg as a “support community organic-biological agriculture and horticulture” was established. Organic the by area and the number of members largest organic farming Association in Germany. The seat of the Association: Mainz.
Biopark e. V.: founded in 1991 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The focus of the member companies is the production of meat. The Association of enterprises in 14 provinces, located in: Karow.
Demeter-Bund e. V.: the Only farming Association of biolog-dynamic agriculture. The global Association is diverse, divided. In Germany, Demeter is represented in all Federal States of Germany.
Ecovin e. V.: Formerly the “Federal Association of Organic viticulture (BÖW) e. V.” Was founded in 1985 as an umbrella organization for all organic winemakers. The main seat is in Oppenheim. With its regional associations also organization all of the winemakers that are connected to any other ecological farming Association.
Gaea – Association for Organic farming e. V.: Has its roots in the Church environmental movement in the former GDR. The after the Greek goddess of the earth named Association was founded in 1989 in Goppeln near Dresden. The conversion of agricultural is devoted to enterprises in the new länder. Headquarters: Dresden, Germany, with regional offices in Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
Naturland – Association for natural farming, e. V.: 1982, practitioners and scientists founded. Worldwide, the Association is one of the major certification organisations for organic products. His tasks nature of the country looks to the protection of the environment and in the preservation of the natural foundations of life through a natural economic way in all areas of farming. With headquarters in Gräfelfing, near Munich.
Eco e. V.: The Association of Organic farming, with the trademark “Eco” was founded in 1988. Its member companies are primarily located in the Eastern part of lower Saxony.
Composite Ökohöfe e. V./Association Ökohöfe Nordost e. V.: The composite Ökohöfe Nordost e. V. is originated in 2009 from the Gäa Association for organic farming. Since 2006 he cooperates with the composite Ökohöfe e. V. This Association has its seat in Wanzleben-Börde near Magdeburg, and is involved primarily in Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony.
What shopping should be
As long as you do not find the organic label on foods, the following recommendations still valid: pay Attention to the Association of Eco-farming associations and Eco-trade brands in the retail food trade. If you are unsure, look for the code number of the control body, which must be specified either alone or together with the name of the control point (e.g., DE-099-Eco-control).