Organic agriculture is a method of production that mainly emphasizes:
- the long term sustainability of the soil fertility, recycling the organic wastes into compost in order to returning the nourishment to the soil, reducing in that way the use of non renewable resources;
- an increase in biodiversity;
- to work with Nature and not trying to dominate it;
- to cultivate avoiding the use of synthetic chemical products or genetic modified organisms (GMO);
- to avoid or minimize the pollution of the environment and water resources;
- to increase the respect of the animals in animal husbandry, looking for their well-being;
- to maintain the integrity and essential qualities of the agricultural products, with special care regarding the processing methods at all levels;
- to ensure to the growers a sufficient earning and satisfaction from their work, within a healthy environment.
Regarding the animal husbandry, the organic method is based on a close relationship between the animals and the agricultural areas. This is in order to providing the animals with big grass land areas and organic feed mainly in-farm produced. All this is fully detailed in the organic standards.
The main goals of the organic farming are common for both agriculture and animal husbandry. It emphasizes the adoption of rational practices with respect towards the environment, the harmonious management of the rural areas, the respect of the animal well-being, and the production of high quality agricultural produce. Organic agriculture allows the consumers to choose their food that, beyond being free of synthetic chemicals, has an added “ethic-social value”.
Organic farming has contributed to the re-establishment of the natural link between the soil and the human beings, that seemed to be strapped by the frenetic modern way of life.