CORVEZZO on 02-03-2018
The Organic Prosecco blog: 3 reasons for which it is worthy to choose an organic product.
If you are reading this article, it should have happened to you, at least for once, to have preferred an organic product to a conventional one, during your weekly shopping at the supermarket: whether you have been inclined simply by curiosity or you were really convinced, have you ever wondered which reasons have influenced your choice?
When we are talking about biological trend, we tend to emphasise the health benefits that the consumption of this typology of food involves. However, doing that, another important issue is often left out, that is the lower impact on the environment that organic farming involves compared to an industrial one.
Have you ever thought about that, when you put that pasta package, that tomatoes jar, or that organic Prosecco bottle in your shopping cart?
1 - ORGANIC FARMERS PROTECT THE BIODIVERSITY
According to the One Planet Food, the WWF program devoted to a sustainable feeding, more than 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has gone lost, in the last century, also because of a bad gestion of the grounds.
In 2014 the Oxford University published a research in the Journal of Applied Ecology aimed at understanding how the use of ground can impact on biodiversity.
This analysis showed that organic farming helps increasing the number of plants, insects and other animals on average 34% more than conventional farming!
The complete lack of artificial fertilisers, insecticides and pesticides in the ground protects soil, water and air from contaminations, not only in that area, but also in surroundings, with benefits for the natural ecosystem.
Again in 2014, Nature Communications published a research conducted in collaboration with many European Universities; also in this case to study the effects of organic farming on species diversity. 1470 fields and 205 farms, organic and not, have been compared in twelve european and african regions. It was found that species richness is 10,5% higher, on average, in organic grounds than industrial ones.
The benefit of organic farming has been confirmed in this study too.
In one of my previous articles, I have deepened the issue of biodiversity in the vineyard: if you have lost it, run and read it!
2 - WHAT ABOUT LIMITING GLOBAL WARMING? ORGANIC FARMING CAN DO IT
More than two years have passed since the Paris summit when 195 countries came together to reach an agreement in order to prevent dangerous climate changes: one of the long-term objectives is to keep the rise of global temperature below 2°Celsius compared to the preindustrial era and try to limit it to 1,5° Celsius. Among the causes of the phenomenon there is the excessive release of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere owed to human action.
At the time I discussed this subject, maybe you’ll remember it, focusing on the contribution organic farming can give in trying to contain the problem.
To further support this, in 2016 IFOAM EU (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) in cooperation with FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) released a report entitled “Organic Farming, Climate Change Mitigation and Beyond. Reducing the Environmental Impacts of EU Agriculture”.
This report points out organic agriculture’s potential in mitigating and adapting to climate change and underlines the importance of adopting a systemic approach, including consumptions, to reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture.
It is also shows that a progressive conversion of 50% of EU land to organic farming within 2030 would offer a mitigation potential of 23% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through an increase of carbon sequestration in the soil and a reduced application of mineral fertilisers.
3 - BUYING ORGANIC YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT
I didn’t want to bore you talking about percentage and researches, but I wanted to give a cue from which to begin our monthly reflection. According to what said, I’d like you to focus on the benefits for the planet instead on the benefits for your health when talking about organic worth. Buying a certificate product, you are buying a more healthy product for yourself and your family, but you are also making a decision: you’re respecting the environment.
In other words, when you buy an organic food, you are not only making a consumer choice: you are also unknowingly delegating the task of respecting the environment to that particular produce. Have you ever considered this point of view? In my opinion it is a very important aspect!
Choosing organic, you are doing a real act of trust towards all those farmers who began an exact way of life, as I did, and put environmental protection in the core of their business world. I’m asking you to reflect on this: whenever you prefer a conventional food rather than an organic one, you are losing the possibility of giving your contribution to safeguarding the global ecosystem.
I hope awareness of living in a organic way may increase more and more among consumers: each of us can undertake small everyday actions to make the world better, and the first step can be among your nearest supermarket shelves.
Being 100% organic is a mission!
Will you help us attain this aim?