According to the research conducted by the BÖLW the statistical German household expenses for organic food increased by 7,2% in comparison to the preceding year. The sales amounted to a whopping €7,55 billion. The main idea behind organic food is to maintain high production standards and lessen the global impact that the general mass farming tends to have.
To keep it short and sweet, to produce something in an organic manner means to cut off the use of any pesticides or any other artificial means for quickened growth. Organic farmers opt for natural fertilizers such as compost or manure instead.
When it comes to animal husbandry, the organic label regulates the size of the barns, coops or hutches according to the animal needs as well as the amount of exercise and freedom of movement they get on a daily basis. The food they get must also follow quality regulations and come from organically grown plants.
The explicit requirements a product has to meet in order to be recognised as organic or eco-friendly are specified by the EU-Eco-regulation. They are constantly altered to match the newest developments and changing standards.
One can find under those regulations not only restrictions regarding farming itself but also those put on further processing, labelling and trade-control. Only once those high standards are met can the product be sold under the EU organic label.