Products- Organically grown products
Responsible approaches to organic farming:
The principles of organic agriculture
- Maintaining soil fertility
- Non-use of pesticides
- A ban on anything remotely connected with genetic technology
The fruits of organic agriculture
- Healthier plant growth
- Better mechanisms of natural regulation
- More bio diversity
- Improved soil fertility
- Better water quality
- Improved protection for natural ecosystems
- Reduced damage from pollution
Since 1992 a law defines the standards of the organic production of agricultural products. This
means that in Europe terms like „organic“ and „ecological“ may not be used arbitrarily.The l
egal basis for this is Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 on organic production of
In this regulation it is laid down that every operator in this area has to be inspected at least once a year by an independent, governmentally approved inspection body.
Organic foodstuffs should show the new German Bio-Prüfsiegel (certificate of organic growth)
and the ID number of the certifying organization on the packaging.
VIVANI is inspected on a regular basis by the German DE-ÖKO-013 Organic Control Commission QC&I.
*from organic agriculture certified by DE-ÖKO-013
Great chocolate always requires the best quality raw materials. There is even more reason for pride when these
materials are organically grown.
Our raw materials come only from producers who are able to meet our stringent requirements. Quality assurance systems are in place to enable us to check certifiability and product quality on a continual basis.
The majority of the ingredients we use come from the so-called developing countries. People here mainly suffer from their inability to break the vicious circle of poverty in which they live. The increasing migration of agricultural workers to the city is no solution to the problem.
Foreign aid organisations and others have started to promote organic farming with small farming cooperatives.
They also assist them to by-pass world commodity markets. Such policies ensure that small-scale farmers get
a greater share of the rewards for their labour.
Regions like Central and South America provide the best possible biospheres for growing tropical plants like cacao, cane sugar, vanilla and other produce. Here the development of extensive organic farming methods has been made possible by transferring knowledge and expertise, establishing the required infrastructure and supporting farmers in organisational matters.
Farmers are most concerned about the organic production of their crops. There are two important aspects to the ban on pesticides. On the one hand farmers and their environment are less vulnerable to health problems. On the other hand they are able to make themselves more independent in financial matters because they can save a lot of money by eliminating pesticides and fertilisers.
Moreover simple measures to re-establish the balance of nature by growing cacao trees alongside other crops like oranges, bananas, guavas, avocados, coconut trees and a variety of root crops can help fight off many of the diseases that can decimate cocoa crops.
Many Third World projects operating according to the principles of organic farming have already succeeded in guaranteeing their farmers modest profits to cover production costs and ensure a living wage. Their living conditions have improved dramatically and many are now free from debt.
But the most important requirement needed to preserve this newly-found basis for their livelihood is a network of trading partners who are committed to purchasing their products.
Of course this commitment mainly depends on consumers who are willing to pay higher prices for organic chocolate. Thus by buying VIVANI products you are benefiting not only your own-well-being but also giving farmers in Latin America the chance to engage in healthy agricultural techniques.
Can there be any more important reasons for eating organic chocolate?