Don’t panic, it’s organic!

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When it comes down to a healthier lifestyle, I think we could all use a little help. We are being overloaded with information by the media and it seems like everyone has something else to say. To those who have done some further research, this whole ‘we-need-to-start-living-healthy thing’ does not come as a surprise. There really are a lot of things that need to change. Holland Organics is happy to help you with at least one of them: let’s talk organic!

What does organic really mean?

First of all, let’s get one thing straight: it is not possible for companies to call their product organic when it is not. This is simply not possible, and we will tell you why.

Organic food production is regulated in Europe, which means a third party is always involved. This third party is the European Commission, which will only give you permission to use the organic trademark when your product meets the following requirements:

  • The production must respect nature
  • The products must be produced in a sustainable way
  • The operators have to be controlled every year by control bodies or control authorities. This makes sure they still deserve and not abuse their organic trade mark.
  • Farm animals, like our cows, are freely grazing in the open-air and are treated according to enhanced animal welfare conditions.
  • Genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s (more about this later!), are not allowed in organic agriculture.
  • There are strict limitations to the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics.
  • The use of food additives and processing aids and other inputs must be strictly limited.
  • Most of the inputs for farm production have to come from the farm itself, using local knowledge and local resources.

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So stop listening to everyone who says ‘everything is organic nowadays’ or ‘brands can just slap an organic label on their products whenever they like’. This is just not the case. The organic trademark guaranties you organic is truly organic. And so do we!

We now know that organic agriculture (and thus any organic product) supports the wellbeing of our soils, plants, animals, humans and the planet. And when you choose organic products, you simply do the same!

If the wellbeing of our planet seems like a too-far-from-my-bed-show for you, there are many more reasons why you could start considering to go organic. Even though some of them are quite complicated, others are undeniable. Here are five of them:

Genetically modified organisms are not allowed in organic agriculture. GMO’s are organisms that have their DNA modified through genetic engineering. Sounds difficult right? Easier explanation: tomatoes that don’t freeze because of anti-freeze genes from a cold-water fish. Potatoes that don’t bruise, apples that don’t brown. Name it, GMO’s will make it. Yikes.
You must have noticed the panic over pesticides and herbicides. Good news: organic products contain far less pesticides and herbicides and no synthetic pesticides. We as Holland Organics think it is really important to reduce the amount of toxins we are exposed to via the food or drinks we decide to consume. Even though you do not have control over everything, we encourage everyone to take control over the things they can.
Bigger is not better. Non-organic farmers often give their farm animals antibiotics. These stimulate their growth and make them produce more milk or meat. Not only do the animals suffer from this, the antibiotics end up in our bodies, too. Even though this industry speeds up the production of milk and meat, we do not believe this is the best way to deal with our animals and ourselves.
Organic products are proven to be much more nutritious! We can keep this one really short. What do you tell your children when they don’t want to eat their veggies? Probably the same thing I heard over and over again; ‘it’s good for your health’, ‘there are so many vitamins inside’, ‘you will get sick if you don’t finish them all’. We want to get as many nutrients out of our food and drinks as possible, so why don’t you make this a whole lot easier for yourself? Choose organic!
Organic foods are most often much tastier! If you want to find more about this, we suggest you to read this study. The study tells you the higher antioxidant levels in organic products affect the taste aroma and mouth feel. Conclusion: your meal or drink will simply taste better!

Of course we understand going organic is a personal choice and don’t get us wrong: if you don’t want to buy organic products only, don’t feel obligated to do so. Whether you are 100% organic or not, Holland Organics thinks being aware of the difference between organic and non-organic products is very important already. We hope we helped you a little with that!

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