FAQ


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ORGANIC FOOD

WHERE CAN I BUY BUD-LABELLED FOODS?

In organic and health shops, Coop supermarkets, at Primo, Vis-à-Vis, SPAR and many other retail outlets.

IS IT LEGAL TO LABEL VEGETABLE FOODS AS ORGANIC, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT CERTIFIED ORGANIC?

No. Article 1 of the Swiss Ordinance on Organic Farming of 22 September 1997 protects the labelling of organic vegetable produce. The designation 'organic' may only be used if compliance with the requirements on production, processing and import has been certified.

WHY ARE BUD-LABELLED FOODS MORE EXPENSIVE?

Organic foodstuffs are quality products produced in harmony with the environment. There is a certain cost to refraining from intensive production. Organic farmers accept a 20-30% reduction in crops and yield in both agricultural and livestock production. This is why organic produce is more expensive than conventional food.

ARE BUD-LABELLED FOODS INSPECTED?

Of course! Bud-labelled products are inspected in Switzerland and abroad, in the fields and during processing and marketing, by independent inspection services as bio.inspecta AG.

DO ORGANIC FARMERS REALLY STEER CLEAR OF GENETIC ENGINEERING?

Yes. Organic farmers worldwide refrain from using genetically modified animals, plants, micro-organisms and their products. Bud-labelled products undergo rigorous inspection to ensure that they are free from genetic engineering.

IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO TREAT ANIMALS ON ORGANIC FARMS WITH ANTIBIOTICS AND HORMONES?

If an animal sickens with a fever and the veterinarian prescribes treatment with antibiotics, then organic farmers may do so. But today, many organic farmers are already treating their animals with complementary medicine, which can preclude the need for antibiotic treatment. The preventive use of antibiotics is prohibited, either administered with feed or by means of injections. Hormones are often used - even by veterinarians - to influence the reproductive cycle. This is prohibited under the Bud standards for organic farming, since it is not due to animal sickness or injury.

IS IT TRUE THAT NON-ORGANIC FEEDSTUFFS ARE PERMITTED ON BUD FARMS?

Yes, but the proportion of organic feed has to be at least 95 % for ruminants and 90 % for chickens and pigs. The reason for allowing a maximum of 5-10 % of supplementary feedstuffs is the insufficient supply of organically produced feedstuffs (mainly cereals, corn, beet).

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