Organic farming in Finland.
Organic farming is a certified and carefully monitored production method. The principles of organic farming are: recycling of nutrients; maintenance of soil conditions and biodiversity; and minimization of the use of non-renewable resources.
The use of industrial fertilizers and feed, as well as synthetic pesticides and genetically modified crops (GMOs) is prohibited in organic farming. The amount of food additives allowed in the processing of organic food is very limited and the substances must be of agricultural origin.
In organic farming, for example, protecting the soil with vegetation can affect the fact that the soil remains loosened. In our Aronia plantations, clover is used as a vegetative soil protection that binds both nitrogen and carbon to the soil more efficiently than any other plant. Photosynthesis of green plants is the only natural way to bind carbon from the air.
The use of vegetative soil protection in farming also prevents rainwater and nutrients from leaking into watercourses and thus prevents eutrophication. This means that our Aronia plantation efficiently absorbs carbon from the air, prevents eutrophication of watercourses and does not need to be irrigated at all.
In Finland, the agriculture and its products are closely monitored. In addition to food legislation, the organic food chain is regulated by EU organic legislation (EC) 834/2007 (EC) 889/2007 and (EC) 1235/2008. This legislation sets minimum requirements for organically produced agricultural products and food throughout the EU.
Compliance with the legislation is closely monitored by various authorities. Therefore, consumers can trust that organically labeled products made in Finland are truly organic. The Finnish organic label is also the EU organic logo, a label that is mandatory for all pre-packaged organic products.