Organic products range from fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the farm to wines and cheeses aged over several years. Accredited certification provides an equally strict control system for operators (farmer, processor and trader) on an ongoing basis.
Thousands of inspections are performed per year by competent people with the costs covered by the private sector. Organic production combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources. It is a production method using natural substances and processes. Organic production delivers public goods contributing to the protection of the environment.
Further information is available on the European Commission website.