At Matt, “organic” means respect for the entire agricultural ecosystem and the natural fertility of the earth, without the utilization of synthetic products or genetically modified organisms, insuring a responsible use of energy and resources.
Companies in the agricultural food sector that intend to be part of the organic supply chain, must submit to the certification set out by the European Commission Regulation 834/2007.
The organic supply chain includes both the primary production of a product and the transformation activity.
The organic supply chain includes both the primary production of a product and the transformation activity. As far as the primary activity is concerned the Regulation defines a method of production that considers all forms of cultivation and breeding which tend to enhance and conserve the organic production systems, without resorting to synthetic chemical products, carrying out a function of protecting the environment and preserving rural areas. The regulation encourages the best use possible of renewable sources of energy and the value of territorial, environmental, and natural resources.
The technical principles essential to organic agriculture are:
- Importance given to the physical and microbiological aspects of the terrain and to their improvement
- Organic based fertilization, eventually completed by mineral contributions, best if of natural origin.
- Phytosanitary protection based on prevention eventually completed by treatments made with products authorized according to specific production norms and certification schemes.
- Plant pest, disease and weed control through cultivation practices and mechanical intervention
- Prohibited the use of products and ingredients obtained or derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO)
- Limited use of veterinary medicines
- Systems and forms of breeding that respect life conforming to the specific requirements of the individual animal species