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Why is organic organic

WHY IS ORGANIC ORGANIC? - (frequently asked questions)

“Is there any organic life beyond wormy apples and corn partridge?”

It is a misbelief of our society to think of wormy apples and seeds as main meal, along with peasant dishes when it comes to organic food. Any ingredient can be produced under ecologically controlled circumstances, therefore the organic beef provides a tastier loin, and an excellent crème soup can be prepared of organic broccoli. Take a walk in the world of gastronomical adventures, and taste the organic specialities prepared in the Nimród Organic Restaurant! In the Nimród Organic Shop you can find everything you need for a healthy lifestyle!

Lead a food-conscious life!
Protect your physical health which embraces a healthy mind!
As the Hungarian saying goes: "Health is a crown on man’s head, but only the sick can notice it.”

What are the fundamentals of organic farming?

Organic farming - which is a colloquial synonym for ecological farming and organic agriculture - is the framework of sustainable agriculture and healthy food.

The main point of sustainable agriculture is to support the otherwise fragile balance which can be achieved by the harmonious cycle of plant growing and animal farming. This harmony requires the acknowledgement of proper measures which serve as basis for compensating for the part of grown plants used for animal breeding, by nutritives resulting from farming, recycled back to plant growing.

The guarantee of healthy food is in eliminating color additives, taste enhancers, artificial or natural flavors, stabilizers and artificial sweeteners, to put it short: organic products free from all additives which enter our body uselessly.

What makes organic organic?

According to the rules of organic farming, organic products are called vegetal or animal foods produced under strictly controlled circumstances (that is, not those certified later by testing).

Organic agriculture is regulated in Hungary by:

  • EU Directive 2092/91
  • Hungarian Government Decree 140/1999 and Joint Decree of the Ministers of Agriculture and Environment Protection 2/200

 

What are the strictly controlled circumstances?

Plant protection stipulates prevention as priority. Plant pests are destroyed mostly mechanically (by protecting the natural habitats of the natural foes of pests - insects, birds and other species - or by creating new ones), but it is very important to a diversified population, thus eliminating monocultures.

Organic agriculture also uses “sprinklers”, but only those products are permitted which are not absorbed by the plants and can easily be washed by water. It is surprising to know, but many plants can be of help to their fellow plants, and therefore nettle tea is an excellent spray solution.

A basic requirement of organic farming is to provide the appropriate environment for animals, as all animals require sufficient space, natural light and fresh air for healthy growth. Organic farmers are prohibited to set up narrow spaces for cattle, sheep and swine, just as it is to lock poultry in cages. Animal breeding cannot be performed by genetically modified products, nor by using growth or performance enhancer animal feed.


Control authorities:

  • Inspectorate of the Ministry of Agriculture
  • Biokontroll Hungária Nonprofit Kft.

 

How is protection against environment pollution and diseases solved?

Permanent control and improvement of control systems ensure that the natural hazards (such as air and groundwater pollution) which organic farming is inevitably exposed to, are recognized and treated in due time.

Animals bred by organic farmers also get sick, and the veterinary surgeons use primarily vegetal and homeopathic products, and only resort to antibiotics in extreme cases. There are strict rules to stipulate that the meat and milk of treated animals can be used only after a certain period of time.