ORGANIC CEREALS ARE SOMETHING SPECIAL!Bud-labelled cereals from Switzerland are still a scarce commodity. This is a pity because cereals are an essential food and a mainstay of organic farming. The cultivation of cereals to Bud label standards requires precise knowledge of the climatic and topographic conditions of the production site. A varied crop rotation, the selection of the appropriate site and of suitable varieties, careful treatment of the soil and the crop as well as the use of suitable organic fertilizers are essential for a successful crop, and to protect the environment and prevent soil erosion.
SAVING 20 PERCENT ENERGYIt is true that the yield of cereal crops produced to Bud label standards is 20-30% lower and energy expenses for mechanical weeding and manuring are a little higher than in conventional farming. But when all production, storage and transport costs are taken into account, the energy expenses for organic cereals in proportion to yield are 20% lower than in conventional farming. This is the conclusion of calculations after many years of investigation by FiBL.
BUD STANDARDS ALL THE WAY TO THE TABLEIn the case of Bud-labelled cereals, too, efforts to keep production fully organic do not end in the field. The use of all insecticides or protective chemicals for storing and transport is strictly forbidden. And no preservatives are allowed at any time during the processing of Bud cereals into flour, bread, cakes and pastries or pasta. Thus in this sector, as in others, the Bud is a mark of highest product quality, from field to table.
NEWS FROM THE MARKETAt the moment, organic cereals are products in high demand. Nevertheless there is a growing pressure on prices: the liberalization of the cereals market, WTO rules and growing competition from imported cereals are some of the reasons for this situation. The price discussions of the last months led the Bio Suisse technical commission for cereals to look thoroughly into the future of Swiss production of organic cereals. The first goal will be to increase the volume of Swiss organic cereals on offer.
You will find statistics on this on the [PAGE=60=Ackerkulturen]German-language website[/PAGE].