Consumers on the one hand and producers, processers and certifiers on the other: they are all aligned when we speak of organic, since each - for their own part – is aware of the value of this market, also in human and planetary health terms.
Fabrizio Piva, Managing Director of CCPB, a Bolognese company that certifies organic and eco-sustainable products all over the world, suggests a reflection based, above all, on numbers.
“Bio products represent 3.5% of the country’s domestic consumption. In 2018, domestic demand grew by 8-9%. As can be seen, the dissemination spread is very wide. At the export level, out of 100 per cent of what our country produces-processes, 45-48% is exported. We are talking of one million, 900 hectares of pastures and arable land, involving a total of about 76 thousand companies. Thanks to these numbers, Italy is among the top countries in the world. Spain is technically the number one producer on a European level, but its cultivations are extensive. We can therefore affirm that the country boasts a privileged situation, the result of over 30 years’ commitment”.
While the starting point is very good, Piva hopes that it not only continues to show a positive sign, but also has a just as interesting and competitive management system. “I hope that organic productions are safeguarded by an effective regulatory and control system. Up until now, each organic sector has grown without snags and snares: the risk is reducing the productive system capacity due to an increase in regulations”.
Bio and sustainability, a link to be made tighter
Organic production guarantees companies with greater sustainability. One only has to remember that the use of certain substances is forbidden, that rotational farming is foreseen, that the numbers of livestock per hectare is limited. “This doesn’t mean that organic farming is, in itself, automatically sustainable. There are management models – transportation, refrigeration – that could be done more carefully. A commitment that the sector could certainly make its own”.
A path in the name of quality
A total of about 11,500 companies, mainly operating in processing and distribution, refer to CCPB for bio-product certification. Obtaining certification means that the entire supply chain needs to be certified; the period of conversion from traditional to organic production is two to three years; companies are subject to inspection checks, analysis and sampling; GMO products are not allowed.
The organic trade show is on its way
From 1st to 3rd April 2020, Veronafiere will be staging B/Open, the event dedicated to “Bio foods & Natural self-care”, specifically for B2B and aimed at Italian and foreign certified organic food and natural self-care trade professionals.