After many years of debate, the European Union reached a couple of weeks ago an agreement on an overhaul of the existing EU rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.
This agreement was taken based on the increasing consumer demand for organic food in the european countries and, at the same time, it sets uniform rules across the EU with the aim of encouraging the development of organic production in the EU, as well as of improving the labelling of organic food.
Is this new agreement important in Germany?
Yes, this agreement is a huge step for the German market since Germany is a key player in the global organic market and has also played a pioneering role in the organic (people call it BIO here) food movement since many years ago.
What is the definition of organic food?
Organic or BIO products are made of ingredients, which were produced without any synthetic inputs and do not have any chemical additives.
Organic products do not contain toxic substances such as parabens, phthalates or lanolin, among others.
How do I know that I am buying organic food?
Easily. In order to regulate organic food standards, the German ministry of agriculture issued, in 2001, a bio label which allows customers to distinguish all the organic products* of the market.
With more than 40% of the European market, Germany is the biggest organic importer in Europe with a turnover of more than €7 billion and more than 3.000 German companies producing around 50.000 products which carry this label. To date, every day an average of 20 new products are submitted for certification.
Where can I find organic food in Germany?
Finding organic food in Germany is really easy, as you can already imagine. Many businesses offer organic products (food, beverages, cosmetics…) due to the importance of the BIO culture in this country.
If you are interested in buying organic food check the following list of organic grocery stores:
#3 Bio Company
What I really like about these businesses is that they do not only offer organic products but also products for allergy and intolerance sufferers (like me!).
Can I find organic products in regular grocery stores?
Sure! Many companies like Rewe, Kaufhof, Edeka or Lidl offer some organic products (not that many to be honest, if you really like to eat organic food it is much better to buy at a organic places).
Where can I get more information about this topic?
There are several organic associations in Germany such as Demeter, Bioland, Biokreis, Naturland, Biopark and Ecovin where you can find more information about organic products (press on the name to discover more). Some of these organizations operate worldwide and follow stricter rules than EU ones.
Another interesting information point is the International Green Week, which takes place each January in Berlin (more information pressing the name) and has attracted thousand of visitors in recent years (around 400.000).
Is there place where I can find organic beauty products?
Sure! Although many people relate the words “organic” and “BIO” to food and beverages only, beauty and skincare organic products are also present in the German market.
Since many years I also buy these kind of products, although I have to admit that since I moved to Germany I have discovered a lot of organic brands.
Therefore, and after trying different products of those brands, I am going to share with you which are my favourite ones (do not hesitate to tell me yours)
- Weleda – I love their face care and hand creams.
- Dr. Hauschka – I cannot choose just a single product… My favourites are the rose day cream, the soothing cleansing cream and the lavender sandalwood calming bodycream.
- Neobio – Trying their shower gels and shampoos should be a must 😉
If you guys decide to try any other skincare product or another organic grocery store please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. I am always trying new things, I cannot avoid it…
I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂 Do not hesitate to leave your comments below 🙂