Published on : 01 June 20203 min reading time
There are many ways of classifying types of agriculture, but as consumers we will talk about different types depending on the impact that the method of cultivation has on the environment and the additives and processes used that may affect the health and final quality of the product.
It uses the typical systems of a place, which have shaped the culture of the place, in more or less long periods.
Ecological, organic or biological agriculture (all three are synonyms)
They create diverse systems of production that respect the ecological characteristics of the places and geobiological of the soils, trying to respect the stations and the natural distributions of the vegetable species, promoting the fertility of the soil.
The use of this designation is reserved and requires strict compliance with regulations that can only be accredited with the corresponding certificates.
Integrated production agriculture
Agricultural production system halfway between ecological agriculture and industrial or conventional agriculture. The Integrated Production, unlike the Ecological Production, allows the use of agrochemical products of synthesis (fertilizers, pesticides., etc), although it looks for to make a minimum use of such, and this one is restricted in the specific Technical Norms of production for each culture, and only allowed if other viable alternatives do not exist.
The use of this denomination is reserved and obliges the strict fulfillment of regulations that can only be accredited with the corresponding certificates
What do we mean by quality?
When we talk about fruits and vegetables and quality we mean vegetable heritage, nutrition, gastronomy, organoleptic characteristics, taste, agriculture, preservation of the rural environment, justice, health and people.
From this point of view, we understand that the farmer is the one who knows his land and the crops he can successfully grow there. We defend organic agriculture and integrated production because they are the least aggressive, but we also defend balanced traditional agriculture that has also been able to evolve the current varieties up to the present day to offer us fruits and vegetables with authentic taste.
Some companies, regardless of the type of agriculture, work to make it easier for users to find and acquire fruit and vegetables full of flavour directly from the farmer and which meet the following requirements:
Authentic flavor, offering the original characteristic smell and taste, to respect our palate and gastronomy.
Original and complete nutritional value, so that each variety provides the expected nutrients at every intake.
Reasonable and affordable price to enjoy a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Conventional or industrial agriculture
Apart from the three types of agriculture already described, there is the so-called conventional or industrial agriculture based mainly on intensive systems, and focused on producing large amounts of food in less time and space, with greater ecological wear and tear and aimed at moving large commercial profits. This agriculture uses synthetic additives that are currently permitted as a contribution to soil fertilizers and for the control of weeds, pests or crop diseases.
Although we understand that this agriculture currently offers products at an affordable price to the majority of consumers, we understand that it is a not very sustainable and not very recommendable model, from our point of view since it does not favour the flavour, nor does it respect the traditional chemical composition of fruits and vegetables and it does not help to establish symmetrical relationships between producers and their clients.
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