About Quintinha | 12 reasons to consume

12 reasons to consume organic food:

1. Nutritional value: grown in soils that keep their balance by means of natural fertilizers, organic food is better, as far as vitamins, minerals, carbon hydrates and proteins are concerned;

2. Flavour: in organic soils plants grow in a healthy way and develop its true flavour, colour and taste, that allows the discovery of the real flavour of originally non-processed food;

3. Health Guarantee: countless forbidden pesticides in certain countries, due to their toxic characteristics, carry on being used, many times illegaly obtaned as smuggled prohibited articles. These studies about toxics recognise the relation between pesticides and certain patologies, such as cancer, allergies and asthma;

4. Pure Water: ecological agricultural practices do not use dangerous products nor big quantities of azote that contaminate fresh water sources, which turns out to be a guarantee of pure fresh water resources, in the future;

5. Certificate: the organic producers follow strict rules, which are controlled by certification institutions, according to international rules, currently in use in several countries.
6. Fertile Soil: the soil is the foundation of all the food chain, as well as the main concern of Organic Agriculture. Any pedological practise should aim the conservation of soil fertility, moreover it should improve its condition, mainly the increase of humus in arable lands;

7. Biodiversity: the decrease of organic diversity is one of the main current environmental problems. The organic agriculture preserves the seeds for the future, thus preventing the disappearance of countless varieties of great cultural and nutritious value;

8. Harmony: the Organic Agriculture respects the balance of Nature and contributes to a healthy ecosystem.  The balance between agriculture and forest, the rotation of crops, etc., allow the preservation of a rural space that will be able to satisfy future generations;

9.  Rural Communities: the Organic Agriculture allows the revitalisation of the rural population and gives back to farmers the true dignity and respect that are due to them by population,in general,  because of theirs role as guardians of the landscape and of agricultural ecosystems;

10. Education: the Organic Agriculture is a big "practical environmental education school”. It presents an example of rural sustainable development, a promissing path for young people, who will be in charge of social decisions, one day;

11. Employment: thanks to their human dimension, ecological practices and appropriate local resources management, organic producers promote permanent and dignified job opportunities;

12. Future: organic producers are great innovators who manage to combine traditional practices with more modern practices, thus developing the techniques that can avoid the use of pollutant agents for the agricultural ecosystem.