The term "organic products" refers to products free from toxic or chemical admixtures in all stages of the production process. However, organic cultivation is not just a way of producing chemical free products, but a whole different life philosophy, a source of inspiration for everyday life, and a different perception of the environment and of our relationship with nature. This life philosophy gains more and more supporters all over the world, and the demand for organic products seems to have increased dramatically during the last five years, especially in the developed countries.
Organic olive tree cultivation is the most harmoninized to nature farming model, which respects bio-diversity, contributes to the preservation and growth of the natural flora and fauna of an area, and at the same time it promotes the idea of the so called “sustainability”. For olive trees this means, among other things, appropriate density of the trees when planted, soil improvement with the use of natural fertilizers (manure, compost), regular pruning, use of natural and not chemicals means for fighting off diseases, and precautious transportation, storage and processing of the fruits.
Therefore organic cultivation signifies not only the lack of synthetic fertilizers but also a holistic philosophical approach in all stages of production that briefly aims to:
- Application of cultivation methods which do not disturb the natural soil fertility in favor of increased production.
- Rehabilitation of natural soil fertility in territories already disturbed.
- Production of olive oil and other olive products of higher quality, free from chemical or other toxic residues.
- Development of treatment, processing and packaging methods which do not alter the qualitative properties of the products and at the same time they are invironmental friendly.
Organic Olive Oil
It is common knowledge that conventional cultivation employs the intensive use of both chemical fertilizers and pesticides. As a result chemical traces of pesticides are traceable in the produced olive oil, as they are fat-soluble.
In organic cultivation, there are no pesticides used and therefore they are not traced in the olive oil produced. The non-use of fertilizers results in smaller quantities of fruits but with more containing elements, which make them more tasty.
The organic olive oil is a product with the highest possible nutritious value, free from chemical substances, essentially the only choice for anyone who is conscious of the importance of healthy food.
It has been proved that the nutritious value of organic products can be 20%-500% higher than the chemically products cultivated with the use of chemical substances. Therefore organic olive oil contains more ingredients and is healthier than conventional olive oil because it is deprived of pesticides.
Organic cultivation is the joined answer, which science and people related to agriculture suggested in order to preserve the environmental balance. In the past, intensification of farming was considered to be the solution to various problems that the agriculture production and the people involved with it had to deal with.
Just a few decades of its application were enough to demonstrate the big problem and the huge dead end it caused. It became clear that intensive farming had a huge effect on both natural and man-made environment. Significant environmental issues proven to be connected with intensive cultivation also arose. Among the most important were water scarcity, desolation of areas and destruction of vital wetlands.
At the same time, big food scandals related directly to intensive and industrial cultivation shocked consumers in the EU and the USA. The answer to all of these matters is simple and proven by science.
Organic cultivation supports the preservation of the environment by investing in quality and good health even at the expense of increased production. The main principle of our company is respect for the environment and faith in sustainable development.
Therefore, we have placed special emphasis on the olive mill waste management by including in our investments the installation of a waste processing unit for converting waste into a compost (natural fertilizer), even though this investment is not profitable by modern means.
Olive tree-Olive Plantations
Our company has on its privately owned plantations approximately 3000 olive trees, which annually produce about 20000 lt. of olive oil.
The total number of olive trees which provide olives for Cardiofilo and Chrysolado are located on the island of Thasos and most of them grow in the western part of the island which boasts the highest production per tree.
Work on the plantations and the trees is supervised by an agronomist and we pay special attention to the environmental factor when we execute large scale projects.
VI.EL.THA. always ensures that the cultivation method is in accordance with the European Union regulations regarding organic farming. Furthermore we have signed special contracts with individual farmers who are clients of VI.EL.THA., and we make sure that their cultivation method is guided and supervised by us.
A fundamental principle of our company is the respect for the environment and faith in the principles of sustainable development.
Therefore, we have placed special emphasis on the olive mill waste management by including in our investments the installation of a waste processing unit for converting waste into a compost (natural fertilizer), even though this investment is not profitable by modern means. See more about compost in the products section.