Organic food is food produced by methods that comply with the Standards of organic farming. Standards vary worldwide, but organic farming in general features practices that strive to cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.
Organic Growers do not use any chemical fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides on the crops they grow. Neither do they use Genetically Modified seed. The emphasis is on working with nature to produce a healthy soil environment through the addition of natural inputs (for example seaweed) and green manures. Encouraging biodiversity reduces the amount of pests and weeds are taken care of by mechanical means. Water resources are conserved and managed and animals are reared in a manner which avoids cruelty.
To produce anything that is Certified Organic the producer must comply with the Organic Standards applicable in their country. In Ireland the certifying bodies are the Organic Trust and the Irish Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA).
The Organic Trust was founded in Ireland in 1991 by a core group of dedicated organic producers including some of the pioneers of organic food production in Ireland. The Trust was established as a voluntary not-for-profit organisation to provide a credible system of organic inspection and certification on which the consumer can depend on.
The Organic Trust is approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine in Ireland (who have assigned the control code IE-ORG-03 to the Organic Trust); by DEFRA in the UK to facilitate their organic inspection and certification services in the UK (DEFRA have assigned the control code GB-ORG-09 for such activities) and by the European Commission.
Organic Trust Ltd
2 Vernon Avenue
01 853 0271
IOFGA was founded in Ireland in 1982. Over twenty five years of experience in inspecting, certifying and networking with organic farmers has placed the association in a unique position to serve a dynamic and growing organic market. IOFGA is a voluntary organisation and a company limited by guarantee with a membership open to all.
IOFGA is approved by the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) in the Republic of Ireland and the Department for Environment (IE-ORG-02), Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the United Kingdom to provide an inspection and certification scheme (GB-ORG-07).
Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association
090 643 3680
The Soil Association was founded in the UK in 1946 by a group of people who were concerned about the health implications of increasingly intensive farming systems following the Second World War. Lady Eve Balfour was one of the most prominent members. She was one of the first women to study agriculture at Reading University. Lady Balfour potatoes were named after her.
Their main concerns were: The loss of soil through erosion and depletion, decreased nutritional quality of food, exploitation of animals, impact on the countryside and wildlife, the loss of soil through erosion and depletion, decreased nutritional quality of food.
Their certification scheme was launched in 1973. They have an excellent web site. - https://www.soilassociation.org/
European Organic logo
This was introduced in 2010. The main objective of the European logo is to make organic products easier to be identified by the consumers. The use of the logo and correct labelling is obligatory for all organic pre-packaged food produced within the European Union.
What does Biodynamic Mean ?
Biodynamic growing refers to an international movement that promotes a uniquely holistic approach to organic agriculture, gardening, food and health. Founded in 1924, Biodynamic farming is the oldest 'green' farming movement, and so is a forerunner of organics. All biodynamic farmers and growers practice organic methods of cultivation, are against genetic modification (GM). Biodynamics has metaphysical and spiritual roots that organics does not have. Biodynamics thus embraces the mystery of all life processes, including the subtle and energetic realities that are not necessarily easy to measure or justify using current scientific methods.
For biodynamics, farming is not a means to maximum production, but an ongoing dialogue with nature. It considers the land as an ecological web of biodiversity where our role is to nurture this and help it reach its full potential, whilst balancing the needs of farming and growing with those of the natural world.
Biodynamic growers are certified by Demeter. International Demeter Standards for production have existed since 1992. Growers in Ireland are certified by the UK.
For more information please contact -
The Biodynamic Association
Why chose Organic?
- Research continues to show that essential vitamins and minerals are higher in many organic foods. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found significant differences between organic and non-organic farming.
- Organic food doesn’t contain food additives which have been linked to health problems. Among the additives banned by organic regulations are hydrogenated fats, aspartame and monosodium glutamate and all artificial colourings, flavourings and sweeteners.
- By eating and drinking organically produced food and drinks, you can reduce your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides.
- Genetically modified organisms or crops are not allowed under organic standards.
- Animal welfare is a crucial and integral part of organic standards. Organic means the very highest standards of animal welfare. Organic animals are truly free range and are reared without the routine use of drugs, antibiotics and wormers.
- No system of farming does more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, or protect natural resources like fresh water and healthy soils.
- Organic food comes from trusted sources. All organic farms and food companies are inspected at least once a year to establish the compliance with the Irish and European regulations.
- Organic farms are havens for wildlife and provide homes for bees, birds and butterflies – there is up to 50% more wildlife on organic farms!
In Ireland, every person eats on average over 1000 meals a year. If you want to make a difference to your health and make a statement as a consumer then choosing Organic food is the single most important thing you can do. If you grow your own food then you know where it came from and how it was grown – there is nothing more satisfying than saying ‘I grew that'.