We have many values, including ethical, environmental and public health issues. This is why our primary objective goes beyond offering alternatives to traditional dairy cheeses: we aspire to contribute to a better world. It is these convictions that have led us to develop vegan and organic Plant-Based Speciality with the aim of raising public awareness of environmental issues.
One of these topics is the use of pesticides in the food industry and why we have chosen not to use any pesticides, fungicides or any other chemical fertilizers that aim to destroy all forms of animal and plant life on Earth.
Why is organic so important?
I'm glad you asked!
First of all, what is a pesticide?
A pesticide or "pest killer " is a substance intended to control pests. In general, a pesticide is a chemical or biological agent whose purpose is to neutralise or otherwise discourage pests.
The word pesticide is actually a generic term that encompasses different categories:
- Insecticides: controlling insect pests
- Herbicides: controlling weeds
- Fungicides: controlling parasitic fungi
- Nematicide: control of roundworms
- Molluscicide: control of slugs and snails
Apart from the supposed "advantages" of pesticides, they have many disadvantages! Their potential toxicity for humans, the destruction of ecosystems, contamination or death of small animals (amphibians, birds, fish) and insects (earthworms, bees), are some of the reasons that led us to commit to Organic Agriculture in order not to contribute to this ecological disaster.
Organic is better for our health:
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements defines the objective of organic agriculture as follows: "It is a production system that maintains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than on the use of inputs with harmful effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science for the benefit of the common environment and promotes equitable relationships and a good quality of life for all concerned.
Organic farming reduces the public health risks for farm workers, who are the first to be affected by the side effects of pesticides, but also for their families and consumers by minimising their exposure to toxic chemicals in the food they eat, the soil they work on, the air they breathe and the water they drink. By offering organic food products on the market, individuals are given the opportunity to choose products produced without the use of these toxins.
Not only does organic production help to reduce public health risks, but studies have shown that "organic food is rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus". (Walter Crinnion, 2010)
Organically grown fruit, vegetables and cereals are less exposed to nitrates and pesticide residues than conventionally grown produce.
Did you know that chemical fertilizers have very harmful effects on health?
Organic certification ensures that you are not contributing to unbalanced biodiversity, sterilised land or polluted water tables. But it is also for you, the consumer, the assurance that you are not ingesting toxins that could be very harmful to your health.
Science has highlighted many side effects of pesticides:
- Increased risk of cancer
- Congenital malformations
- Neurological problems
- Weakened immune system
Our organic approach
This label guarantees a healthy and natural agriculture based on the respect of seasonal cycles, the environment and living beings. The protection of our planet and the well-being of current and future generations are essential: we are proud to transmit and respect our values through our company and all our vegan handmade creations.
You can therefore enjoy our Affinés, Petits Frais, the Bonne Foi de Marie-Sophie L, and even our cashew nuts without moderation!