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Why Organic?

Health

Organic food doesn’t contain GMO, trans-fat or other toxic substances. Farmers don’t use traditional pesticides or fertilizers, and animals grow without constant use of antibiotics and hormones. It’s well-known, that these chemicals may cause many diseases if constantly consumed.

Also, when animals and plants grow naturally — vitamins and antioxidants are greatly increased in food. So organic products are not only safe but the most useful ones. We can even feel the special rich flavor of such food. 

Environment

Organic production is constantly developing, and farmers keep working on reducing the harmful impacts of their households on the environment. Farmers conserve soil fertility, protect the health and welfare of farmed animals, do not use chemical substances that might pollute waters. Thanks to this — people, animals, and plants are safe around the farms. 

Conventional agriculture causes huge greenhouse gas emissions such as nitrogen oxide, methane, carbon dioxide. Thus, significantly accelerating climate changes all over the planet. But organic farms have much less impact on the climate. According to IFOAM (The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), in case of complete transition from conventional to organic agriculture until 2030 — it’s possible to compensate 20% of all agriculture greenhouse gas emissions. And this makes a real difference for climate protection.

Economic Profitability

In the western world, the profitability of organic households grows constantly. Organic products cost more than ordinary, and consumers are ready to pay extra for good quality and safe production. And that’s just the beginning. Right now not all the Ukrainians know about the benefits of organic food, but with rising of awareness — consumption will be growing too.

Creating economic benefits for farmers is an important part of European and Ukrainian organic development agenda. European programs are being aimed at making “organic on every table” a reality until the year 2030, and they are financed accordingly.

Thinking About the Future

We all have a power of choice. That’s what corporations and world marketing agencies compete for. And the most modern advertising is being created only to get our affection.

By choosing organic, we not only protect our health, but we encourage the whole world to take care of the planet.

We know about complications related to availability, and also the production of organic food in Ukraine. That’s why we created Organic Info — a website that is going to help both consumers and farmers. 

We are happy to change the world with you!

Useful tips for choosing organic products

How to recognize organic products?
Organic products are always officially labeled. In accordance with the new law about organic production, Ukrainian products should have the organic logo and words "organic product" on the packing. Words "eco", "organic", "biodynamic", "bio" etc. are not to be used for non-organic production. Be aware, that the new law gives organic producers time to change the labeling, it means that the old logos still can be found on the products till February 2021. There are also special labels for imported organic products. For example, on products from Europe Union, an official EU certification mark is used — "euro-leaf".
Are officially labeled products truly organic?
Using organic marks for non-organic production is illegal and such products should be withdrawn from the market. Also, the law provides fines for false labeling. If the customer is still not sure about the origin of a product, he/she can ask the seller to show the organic certificate and the seller is obliged to provide it.
Where to find organic products?
You can buy organic products both in specialized stores and in ordinary ones. There is also a wide range of organic products in online stores. Use our map to find organic in your area.
How to get the certificate and become an organic producer?
In order to start the certification procedure, a farmer has to make a contract with an officially approved certification body. After conversion period and after passing all the inspections — the farmer gets an organic production certificate. In case a farmer wants to be additionally certified by foreign authorities — he/she has the right to make a contract with a foreign certification body.
Where to find information about certified organic producers and certification bodies?
The list of the official certified organic producers and certification bodies is going to be available on the internet soon. Meanwhile, you can check producers certified by «Organic Standard»: http://www.organicstandard.com.ua/ua/clients (you can use search or just click "Show all Operators" button). «Organic Standard» certifies about 80% of organic food producers in Ukraine.

Frequently asked

Is it true that words “eco”, “organic”, “bio” etc cannot be used for non-organic production anymore (after enacting new organic law on August 2, 2019)?

Yes, according to the new law these words cannot be used for non-organic products as it’s considered as consumer fraud.

Also, for Ukrainian organic products unified labeling was adopted: the official logotype, words “organic product” and also certification body code should be placed on the packing.

What changed in comparison with the previous organic law?

The new law about organic production has a lot in common with the previous law of 2013, but the new law includes clearly specified responsibility for violation of the organic law: a fine of 5-8 minimum wages (up to 33 thousand grivnas), and such products should be withdrawn from the market. Also, the new law includes more detailed production standards, principles of government regulation, rights and duties of producers and certification bodies. 

Was it necessary to create a new legislation, when the laws of European Union could’ve been used?

Ukraine is not an EU member, so the laws cannot be automatically used in Ukraine. Moreover, they should be adapted to the current legislation and realities of our market.

All European countries have their own national standards and organic laws, and only in addition to that, they have agreements of mutual recognition of standards with EU. The same is for the USA and Canada. That’s why the adoption of the national organic legislation and monitoring of its compliance are the first steps towards recognition of the standards between EU and Ukraine.

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