Organics (BIO)


Principles of Organic production

Organic production is based on principles that support healthy practices. These principles aim to increase the quality and the durability of the environment through specific management and production methods. Organic products are produced and processed under a system that strives to preserve the integrity of the principles in this standard.

All organic inputs, such as, but not limited to, fertilizers, feed supplements, pesticides, soil mendments, processing additives or aids, sanitizing and cleaning material, should comply with all applicable regulatory requirements.

The general principles of organic production include: 

  • Protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health.
  • Maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil.
  • Maintain biological diversity within the system.
  • Provide attentive care that promotes the health and meets the behavioral needs of livestock.
  • Prepare organic products, emphasizing careful processing and handling methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of production.
  • Rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems.


Organic Practices

The standard of Organic practices cannot assure that organic products are entirely free of residues of substances prohibited by this standard and of other contaminants, since exposure to such compounds from the atmosphere, soil, ground water and other sources may be beyond the control of the operator. The practices permitted by this standard are designed to assure the least possible residues at the lowest possible levels.

Foods and other agricultural products shall refer to organic production methods only if they come from a farm system employing management practices that seek to nurture ecosystems in order to achieve sustainable productivity.