Our extra virgin olive oil has obtained certification as an organic product since the 2003/04 Harvest, but what does it mean to have an organic farming certification? Why buy an organic product? What are the differences between organic and conventional? These are just some of the questions that the consumers we meet promptly ask us. Without a doubt, there is still a lot of confusion about the concept of organic farming and often this term has been abused. Furthermore, the concept of “Organic” is difficult to understand for those who do not have a minimum knowledge about agricultural and growing practices. This page was born just to try to motivate our consumers to choose and to let the consumer understand what ORGANIC PRODUCTION means for us.
In our opinion
Good for the environment
Respect for the environment, Respect for the balance of the ecosystem. Organic farming is a type of agriculture that wants to respect and not damage the entire agricultural ecosystem, using the natural fertility of the soil, favoring it with limited and appropriate interventions (organic fertilizers), promoting the biodiversity of the environment in which it operates and excluding the use of synthetic products (pesticides,) and genetically modified organisms. Many people do not know that the traditional intensive agricultural activity disperses high quantities of harmful chemicals (especially pesticides) in the environment that allow us to eat tomatoes (and all other vegetables and fruits) very large, beautiful and 12 months a year but which they disperse in the environment huge quantities of polluting substances that not only kill the insects that attack the fruits but all the “good” insects. Furthermore, the chemical substances are absorbed by the soil and then enter into circulation in the form of water, water vapor, etc. therefore we can affirm that the philosophy behind this different way of growing plants and raising animals is not only linked to the intention to offer products without pesticide residues or synthetic chemical fertilizers, but also (if not more) to the founded will not to determine negative externalities in the environment, and negative impacts on the environment in terms of pollution of water, land and air.
In the organic practice the agronomic aspects are central: the soil fertility is safeguarded through the use of organic fertilizers, the practice of crop rotations and processes careful to maintain (or possibly improve) the soil structure and the percentage of organic substance; the fight against the adversity of plants is allowed only with herbal, mineral and animal preparations that are not of chemical synthesis (except for some products considered “traditional”) and favoring biological control, except in the cases of obligatory struggle in which the most must be used effective active ingredients available.
Good for the farmer
For the farmer organic means better quality in the working environment. In traditional agriculture, it is hardly ever thought that pesticide treatments are made by the farmer himself, who therefore personally exposes himself to the risk of handling very poisonous and highly harmful substances if inhaled or if in contact with the eyes, the skin etc .. Furthermore, the farmer visits his field almost daily, even in the days following the treatments, so he finds himself working in a contaminated environment. This factor has further convinced us to choose a type of agricultural activity that is not harmful or at least risky for those who practice it.