ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM: Why is organic food so important?


The current society receives a vast information about the consumption of organic food, and we can say that the consumption of such food has become trendy. But why is organic food so important? Do we have an awareness of this?

The benefits of organic farming go far beyond the health benefits to the individual who consumes them. If we want to achieve food security, organic farming is the gateway to this, in addition to the contribution it makes to our current planet's climate change challenge.

In terms of health benefits, we know that organic food is produced without the use of artificial chemicals, antibiotics, or genetic modification, which includes artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, preservatives, or MSG. Moreover, organic food has more antioxidants, nutrients, higher levels of healthy fatty acids, as well as lessened consumption of resistant bacteria and nitrate levels.

Organic farming is an agricultural approach that has many positive advantages and considerable potential for the attenuation of climate change. There have been some evaluations showing that emissions in conventional production systems are higher than in organic systems, based on the production area. Through organic farming, producers can adapt to climate change by strengthening agro-ecosystems, diversifying crop and livestock production. Besides that, animals that are organically reared for meat, or to produce dairy products or eggs, have a much better and natural quality of life.

The ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM project aims to establish a cross-border agro-food ecosystem in the Mediterranean region, which will set the ground for the development of the Mediterranean whole organic sector, by encouraging new business alliances, creating innovative value chains and providing specialized support to MSMEs to increase the quality and the commercialization of products and their capacities to access to new markets.

We count on you to reduce the obstacles to establishing an organic farming ecosystem and improving the living conditions of our planet!


Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


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