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Quickly check the yearly production of a product and its evolution in the past century on the website the Food and Agriculture association of the United Nation.
Check the wikipedia page of the product/recipe.
Check for biodiversity related data-bases to learn about your product and its cultivation in your country.
Search for your product/recipe on the website of mainstream supermarkets in your country to see its recurrence.
Evaluating the environmental and cultural resilience of your products.
By directly asking the producer:
- Is the farm/factory/mill/slaughterhouse producing industrial/organic/bio-dynamic products.
- Does the producer use electric powered greenhouses/tractors and machines running on gaz?
- What kind of vegetable/fruit specie/ cattle breed you are buying, and why?
- The start and end of the season of the product.
- Cattle/fish/seafood: what is the animal fed with?
- Cattle/fish/seafood: Is the animal breed outdoors or indoors?
- Cattle/fish: Is the animal used for multiple purposes?
By checking the label of your product:
- Is your product labeled organic/bio-dynamic or any other network?
- Where does your product come from?
- If your product does not specify the origin of the raw ingredient, head to the brand’s website or contact the producer.
- Click on this link to learn more about how companies play around with the organic label and what to do instead.
By heading to the producers’s website:
- Does the producer mention the origin of its raw ingredients?
- Does the producer showcase the country it transforms its products in?
- Is the producer clearly laying out its means of production?
By contacting the producer through:
- Twitter (by tagging him)
- The producer may not have been granted the EU organic label, he could however be producing his products organically.
- ex: Is it an endangered specie?
- ex: Additional food supplements?
- ex: Is the cow used for its milk but also for its meat?
- Favor for instance: EU organic, Demeter, Agriculture Biologique, Fair trade, Bleu blanc Cœur, EKO
- Note: If your product is labeled “EU organic” you may be able to read the initials of its country of origin under the logo.
- Note: for instance, an olive oil could be pressed and have the NL organic stamp but its olives might be cultivated and imported from France.
- In most cases, you can expect a quick answer
- ex in the NL: http://www.floravannederland.nl/home/