Eco or organic (natural) food is better than conventional food, since all natural nutrients are preserved and there are no harmful compounds. Production of biological, eco or organic food is one of the most profitable jobs in the world. Often, the name "healthy food" is placed under eco-food, but it is incorrect, because any food that is found in our stores must be health-friendly, organic food or not eco food.
What is the difference between eco and non eco ?
The difference is that in the production of eco-food there must be strictly controlled conditions, which means that no artificial (mineral) fertiliser, pesticides, non-permissible additives that are precisely prescribed for eco-food should be used. Artificial fertilizers are replaced by organic fertilisers, then different types of weeds are destroyed mechanically, not through pesticides.
Organic Food Market in Croatia
Organic Food Market in Croatia is growing. During five years from 2010. to 2015., the dazzling growth of farmers engaged in organic production has been recorded. The the land, which they have been attended to has quadrupled, from 16 to 76 thousand hectares in 2016. And at 91 hectares recently. The producers were not entirely controlled, and some small producers are without certificates, which are a followed by regular quality controls, said Jadranka Boban Pejic, whose company Biovega today is the leader of the The Croatian market for organic products. Croatia has a very good potential for eco-food production, less polluted land compared to European countries and an abundance of pure natural water.
It was thought that largely richer citizens buy these organic products. But research has shown that it is the best-favoured part of citizens with average incomes or just a little more than the average, that have an organic food consumption as a priority. And those who think it may be too expensive, may be wrong. The costs of water pollution, contamination of fertile soil, the impact on biodiversity due to the cultivation of monoculture , pollution caused by transport, storage, extension of the shelf life adds up in the modern large scale food production.
Organic Food Market in Europe
The organic food industry in Europe is a lucrative market, with a retail sales value of 29.8 billion euros in 2015. While the well-established Western European market experienced growth of 5.4 percent between 2015 and 2016, Eastern European sales are catching up with a growth rate of 8.8 percent in the same period. Germany is the leading market for organic products in Europe with a 11.4 percent share of global organic sales, followed by France with 7.3 percent.
Even though sales are booming, the state of organic production is yet to catch up with demand: organic farmland as a proportion of all farmland area rarely exceeds 15 percent in the majority of countries. Similarly, organic meat production is only a miniscule share of overall livestock, particularly in the case of pork at only 0.6 percent. Nevertheless, arable organic crop production in Europe is centered around cereals, while permanent crops are predominantly made up of olives and grapes.
Although Germany has the largest market for organic food, the highest levels of per capita consumption can be found in Switzerland and the Nordic countries. European consumers have high levels of awareness for organic claims at 61 percent, with a further 11 percent actively seeking such products. Statistics and Facts Source: Statista