In Italy, standards for certified organic food & wine products are regulated by ICEA-The Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute. The consortium controls & certifies companies that carry out their activities in respect for people & the environment, defending workers dignity & the consumer’s rights.
ICEA organic certification is the first certification “from farm to fork”, it requires the traceability of raw materials & the finished product, guaranteeing product’s quality & consumers protection. ICEA certification committees operate on a local, regional & national level, assuring produce & food are high quality & wholesome. ICEA certification is compliant with EU regulation & the USDA requirements & standards.
The ICEA logo is a guarantee of reliability for all organic products. In regards to organic wine, ICEA certification requires extremely low sulphites limits; wines certified by ICEA are produced in cellars with a minimum threshhold environmental impact. In layperson terms; food products are cultivated & produced according to strict guidelines & production standards, without the use of restricted chemical pesticides or prohibited synthetic fertilizers and with respect for the sustainability of the earth and the environment.
Simply stated, organics are better for people & the environment. Food forms the building blocks of our bodies & our health, soil forms the basis for healthy food. Healthy soil grows quality food & quality food means better health, along with improved overall wellness. Organics are not a passing fad; rather it is a path to a healthier, more sustainable life. People do not need to give up good taste in order to eat healthily, both can thrive together.
What are Organic Grapes?
Like other organic fruits, vineyards are treated with cow or sheep manure & other compost materials. Instead of spraying chemical insecticides & synthetic fertilizers, biodiversity is used by growing plants in & around the grape vines. This regulates the vineyard soil & keeps it healthy by adding naturally occurring mineral rich plants & “beneficial” insects, spiders & predatory mites. Cover crops planted between the grape plants leave no harmful residue in the soil yet provide shelter, food-pollen & nectar, to the “beneficial” insects replacing the need for insecticides or fertilizers. Grass & weeds grow freely, are cut back periodically & then left to rot back into the soil, providing organic fertilizer.
Sustainable Agriculture & Farming
The word “sustain,” originates from the Latin verb sustinere (sus-, from below and tenere, to hold), to keep in existence or maintain, it implies long-term support or permanence. Sustainable agriculture, is a farming system capable of maintaining its’ productivity & usefulness to society indefinitely. Such farming systems must protect the environment, public health, humans & animal welfare. Sustainable agriculture enables farmers to produce healthy food without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same.