The Napapiiri Organics brand is special in that it is a joint brand for several companies. Therefore it is not contract manufacturing but involves a deeper commitment from the manufacturing companies in the brand and quality of the products. Therefore you can put your trust in Napapiiri Organics products and their integrity.
Global markets for organic produce
Officially certified organic produce is produced around the world, and there are around 600,000 organic farms in 121 different countries. The total area subject to organic inspection is 30.6 million ha. Most of this is in Oceania, because Australia has extensive areas of organic pasture. The next-largest amount of organic land is found in Europe and Latin America. These areas produce most of the world’s organic produce.
On the other hand, organic products are mainly consumed in the industrialised west, and Europe and North America have the largest markets for organic produce.
Source: world of organic agriculture 2007 (IFOAM)
Markets for organic produce are growing quickly all over the world. The reasons that lie behind the growth in these markets and especially consumers’ growing interest in organic produce are not in any way diminishing in importance.
Organic produce is healthy and safe, as no pesticides or chemical fertilisers are used, and the only permitted additives are natural additives which can be found in nature. This means that the risk of taking unwanted substances into one’s system from the food is as small as possible. But the issue is not just about the lack of potentially harmful substances – the latest research has demonstrated that organic food has a higher amount of protective substances, such as antioxidants, than regular food, so the health issue is not just about avoiding additives and residues.
Debate about the environment and climate change is entering more and more people’s consciousness around the world. Organic produce is a more environmentally friendly means of production on both a farming level and more generally. Organic produce does not burden the environment with pesticides – whose purpose at the end of the day is to poison organisms – or chemical fertilisers, part of which end up in the groundwater, the water system and the atmosphere. Organic farming is also based as much as possible on the self-sufficiency of farms and on energy economics that are more economic than regular means of production because nitrogen fertilisation is based on the action of micro-organisms – in fact solar energy – rather than using chemical fertilizers whose production is mineral oil based. For the same reason organic farming is not a cause of climate change as conventional chemical farming is. In the future – when there is not so much oil around – the only means of production will be organic.
A completely new form of pollution is the cultivation of genetically modified crops on an increasingly large scale around the world. There is no reliable data regarding the impact of these varieties’ on the health of people and animals, nor is it known what kind of consequences the ‘escape’ of GM varieties might have on the surrounding environment. The use of genetically modified varieties carries a huge risk, the consequences of which can only be guessed at. By choosing to buy organic produce you are casting a vote against this risky business!