Nowadays, everyone is familiar with the term ‘organic.’ But, what is organic farming exactly? With our long years of experience, organic farming is the most natural thing in the world to us. We produce organically grown foods with all possible respect for the environment and animal welfare. There are wide-ranging rules laid down on this subject and the Skal Institute checks that we observe these rules.
Characteristics of organic farming
- Farmers do not use any genetic modification. Therefore, the use of any genetically modified ingredients, enzymes or animal feed is excluded. That is considered to be contrary to the natural character of organic farming.
- Crops are only grown on soil and not on water or on an artificial substrate such as rock wool. The number of animals that is reared is in keeping with the ground surface. We have to use their manure on our own land or on that of other local farmers in order to prevent a build-up of surplus manure.
- Thus, we maintain the ecological cycle. The land is spread with manure to provide nutrients for the crops. This ensures that the land is used to grow food for humans and feedstock for animals. Non-mixed farms such as arable farms and pig farms work together to form an ecological cycle: the manure from a cattle farm is taken to the arable farm and the arable farm provides straw and feedstock to the cattle farm.
- Organic crop protection consists of the use of natural enemies (such as parasitic wasps), natural pesticides and environmentally friendly mechanical solutions such as weeding.
- We use varieties with a good resistance to pests and diseases.
- We work with ‘crop rotation’, meaning that we rotate the crops that we grow on one piece of land. If a pest occurs, we plant crops here that are more resistant so that the pest disappears.
Because we use organic farming methods, we are able to offer the consumers a product that is free from chemical pesticides. We believe that organic farming guarantees a healthy environment for ourselves and for future generations. The fact that we work closely with nature, in addition to investing in knowledge and innovation, enables us to grow high-quality products while having a minimum impact on the environment.