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Currently, given the growing awareness of society towards the environment, a new world is opening in our day to day, that of the so-called organic products. In fact, there are events, like BioCulture in Spain, which help to bring these products closer to people, so that they can learn better and decide what to include in the shopping cart, and so that professionals in the sector get to know each other and help each other grow.

Luckily, these products are more and more frequent in supermarkets and there are again more small stores like the old ones, with products much more ecological than those of large-scale industry. However, do we know exactly what organic products are? Do we know the requirements that must be met to be considered as such? They may seem like obvious questions, but their knowledge can justify making a higher outlay when purchasing them and one of the areas in which we tend to have the greatest doubts is that of food. At Ecologista Verde we provide you with enough information to judge this issue for yourself, as we will tell you below what are organic food, its definition and examples.

What are organic food

When we speak of something "ecological" we refer to way in which a certain product has been obtained. Specifically, organic food They refer to those that have been obtained by agricultural methods that respect the environment, that is, that respect natural cycles without artificially altering them.

The importance of nature-friendly practices is that they can improve the quality of soil and water, as well as lower the levels of pollution that can be generated during production and thus achieve a sustainable use of resources.

The main characteristic of organic food is that they have not been exposed to any type of pesticide or chemical substance that is not natural (artificial fertilizers so that the land has a greater amount of nutrients, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics for livestock …). Therefore, genetically modified (transgenic) foods that better resist pests and improve crop yields are also excluded from this type of food.

Organic foods in the European Union are governed by specific production and labeling standards, through which they are assigned as a mandatory distinctive symbol the so-called "euro sheet”, Which differentiates them from conventional foods. In addition, they have special legislation that, among other functions, controls possible fraud that may occur with other products in order to improve consumer confidence and the current situation of this type of products.

Benefits of organic products

The use of these types of products provides a number of advantages. Between the advantages of organic food they highlight its greater nutritional values. Follow a diet based on a organic diet It is considered healthier when eating foods that contain higher levels of certain beneficial nutrients such as:

  • Vitamins in vegetables and fruits, such as vitamin C. Most of these nutrients are found in fruit peels, which in conventional fruits must be removed to avoid ingesting possible traces of chemical products.
  • Iron and magnesium in some vegetables.
  • Proteins (cereals).
  • Omega3 in meat and dairy.

But, in addition, these products have another series of advantages, in addition to the nutritional ones, and that is:

  • They require more labor, since the production process is slower and more expensive, which is why the price of these products is slightly higher.
  • They respect the environment by preventing the spaces near the crops from being contaminated through chemicals or fertilizers.
  • They promote and respect the welfare of animal species.
  • They promote sustainable development.

Examples of organic food

Today, there is a wide variety of organic food within everyone's reach in supermarkets and department stores such as:

  • Different varieties of vegetables: fruits, vegetables, spices and vegetables
  • Cereals
  • Flour
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Chocolate
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Egg
  • Milk and other dairy products, such as cheese or yogurts
  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Other ecological products

In addition to the great variety of organic food that we find today, other organic products that we now have at our fingertips in a simple way, such as the following:

  • Garments made with ecological materials, such as eco-cotton, wool, linen or silk.
  • Products for cleaning the home, such as disinfectants and ecological detergents.
  • Totally natural and ecological gardening products.
  • Soaps and bath products.
  • Ecological makeup.

Go ahead and include both organic food and other organic products in your day-to-day life in order to take better care of yourself and your loved ones while taking care of the environment. In addition, you will be helping the local economy of the area in which you reside, through buying the products in local businesses, which will be able to get ahead with a little more ease.

In addition, here you can learn more about this type of products, such as organic food and others: What are organic products and examples. You can also watch this video on organic food to continue learning.

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