BIO


I bet you already bought Bio products at least once.
Environmentally friendly and sustainable produced groceries, which you can buy
in every supermarket nowadays. There is a great range – you can buy organic
yoghurt, milk, vegetables and fruit without spending a lot of money. And at the
same time, you’re doing something good for the environment and your body. But
wait, isn’t it weird?

Usually fair produced, good quality products are much
more expensive than their cheap supermarket counterparts. So how can these
Bio‘ products be so keen?

First of all, products are bio, when they’re produced
without any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals. In
the European Union products which match these requirements (and a few others)
are denoted with the ‘EU-BIO-SEAL‘. There are also other
signs from different companies with vary from country to country. A lot of these
are way stricter than the EU with their standards. Consumers should inform
themselves about the several signs in their country.

So producing such these kind of things isn’t as cheap
and easy as producing average groceries because the companies need to pay for
more space for the animal to provide a more species-appropriate keeping and for
the assessments which come alongside obtaining the sign. Also things like
vegetables, fruit and grains need more time to grow because of the waiver of
chemical pesticides. So they’re not able to produce as much as usual
companies.

So how is it possible for the supermarkets to offer
such cheap organic products?

It is because a lot of the groceries, which look like
bio products because of their package and their name aren’t really bio.
Companies use terms like ‘controlled farming‘ or
near-natural‘ to imply naturalness. Also the the names
and colours which are used amplify this impression. Green, white and light blue
are the most common ones, because they remind us of nature. The names are mostly
variations with the
words green, bio or vital.
So the information on the packaging should be always read carefully.

Another important point is that, bio does not mean
local, like many people think. Bio products can be shipped over the whole earth
and have a terrible life cycle assessment, but they will still be bio. So people
who want to stick to healthy eating without straining the environment, should
buy seasonal products at local farmers or markets. There it’s clearer where the
goods come from and how they were produced. Also it should be kept in mind that
it is way more expensive to produce organic stuff, so the price is obviously
higher than from usual and ‘fake‘ bio
products.

 

Read more about the EU-BIO-SEAL here:

https://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/downloads/logo_en

 

Rosa von Scheidt

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