21 December 2017
Organic farming is the most sustainable way of producing feed and food. The environment is indulged, biodiversity improved, natural resources are maintained, natural circles are kept, animal welfare respected and the countryside looks attractive. Though organic farming looks really attractive and seems like the best way to keep your animals, feed and food, there are a lot of rules bound to this kind of farming.
The core values of organic farming are international fixed in four points that can be wider developed:
- Health: People's health cannot be separated from a healthy ecosystem with healthy soil, crops and animals. Health is not a matter of non-illness, but the continuous attention on physical, mental, social and ecological well-being. Therefore, in organic farming, fertilizer, veterinary medicines and additives that might have health effects are avoided as much as possible.
- Ecology: Organic farming takes place within living ecosystems and natural cycles. Biological labor requires adaptation to local conditions, ecosystems, culture and scale. Anyone who produces, trades or consumes organic products must contribute to the protection and improvement of the shared living environment, including the landscape, climate, habitats, biodiversity, air and water.
- Fairness: People and animals share one world. That can only goes well as long as it is done in a fair way. Keywords are fairness, respect, justice and stewardship. Animals can grow up in the way that suits their natural behavior. People - from farmer to consumer - grant each other quality of life, where there is food enough for everyone and of a consistently high quality. Social and environmental costs are included in the price of the product.
- Care: Higher yields and efficiency can entail risks, such as effects on the complex ecosystem. As long as we do not oversee these effects, it is better not to experiment: precaution above all else. Modern science, old knowledge and practical experience offer plenty of solutions. We can do without technologies with unpredictable effects, such as gene technology, just like market parties that do not have the interest of all but want to monopolize food for the benefit of their shareholders.
So of course, beside these general rules there are also some rules where we are bound to when we sell our products to an organic farmer or to organic farming products producers.
The rules that count for organic farming are:
Additives are additions to the product that you must mention on the label. For organic products some additives are allowed. These are included in part A of Regulation 889/2008 which can be found on the SKAL website. In this annex a distinction is made between:
- Food of plant based feeds (as a minimum of 50% of the agricultural ingredients are vegetal)
- Foodstuffs of animal origin (as a minimum of 50% of the agricultural ingredients is animal)
Special conditions are included for some additives. You may only purchase the products use under these conditions.
So for organic farming only the pure acids and sodium are allowed to use.
The pure acids that can be used in this case are Sorbic acid, Formic acid, Acetic acid, Lactic acid, Propionic acid and Citric Acid.
When looking at silage, you can use it to prevent enzyms, yeasts and bacteria, but only when the weather conditions interfere with an adequate fermentation.
The rules that need to be followed are showed on the website of SKAL, they have the European rules for organic farming and what they all can use and are allowed to use in this field.
All the additives that are used in organic farming are carefully labeled, so that the farmers and companies that produce organic products are sure they use organic acids that are allowed.
Ofcourse, our products are also securely labeled and categorized as products for organic farming. If you need any information about our organic products, please contact us.