Organic agriculture, based on the autonomy of its farms, relies on natural life cycles to produce healthy foodstuffs.
Organic practices present sustainable alternatives to those largely used today :
Plants are protected by using a diversity of annuals and perenniaals instead of pesticides and G.M.O.s and by extending the rotations in order to limit parasites and weeds.
Natural areas such as grassland, hedges and embankments which are real reservoirs of diversity for the flora and fauna, are conserved.
- Preserve the quality of the water :
Organic dairy forage systems are based mainly on pastureland under which there is a feeble concentration of nitrates.
- Limit the risk of erosion :
The flow of surface water is reduced by 20-30% on pastureland compared to parcels planted annually. This phenomenon is even more apparent when the pastureland is bordered by woodland characteristic of cattle breeding areas.
- Helps reduce the greenhouse effect :
The grassland allows carbon to be stored.
Grazing and autonomy reduce the need for mechanisation.
Biolait farms produce 90% of the food for their herds themselves. This choice means a greater diversity of crops, where the use of manpower is more important than on an equivalent conventional farm.
The farms are more easily passed on as the system needs less capital thus facilitating the continuity of their activity for the successors.
This system of production is less dependent on subsidies allocated under the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy), conventional farms receiving more public aid than organic farms.
- Job creation :
On avearge organic farming employs one third more man power per hectare than an identical non organic structure due to its practice of a greater supervision of the herd. On a larger scale, organic farming would be a formidable tool in the revitilisation of our rural areas.
- Creating added value and keeping it in the local area :
The marketing of products within a structured and coherent network with a rapid distribution which allows organics producers to keep the added value within their area thus participating in a territorial dynamic.
- A production method that meets community needs :
Organic milk producers add ethical values to their product and consider that to produce organically is to anticipate the future. This is a vision that many consumers share as the consumption of organic dairy products is constantly increasing.