Are fruits and vegetables really a vegan diet? At first glance, a really unnecessary question, as there is a general belief that such basic food is vegan because it does not contain ingredients of animal origin. If we take a closer look at the general practices of food production, including organic farming, we can see that many substances of animal origin are used, such as excrement and slaughter residues (blood meal, ground pig bristles and feathers, ground horns). used for fertilization. The production of fruit and vegetables is thus often associated with the livestock industry and the suffering of animals, which vegan consumers otherwise want to avoid in their way of life.
The Biocyclic Vegan Standard is a new approach to organic farming based on ethical and sustainable principles.
In 2017, the Biocyclic Vegan Standard as a stand-alone standard became a member of IFOAM Family Of Standards (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements). Since then, it has been available to producers around the world, allowing them to grow crops in an organic and ethical, vegan way and, as such, appropriately certified and label their products with the “Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture” quality label.
The Biocyclic-Vegan Standard describes the closed-loop principles of sustainable, vegan forms of farming, the implementation of which will enable all industries involved in the food chain to contribute to environmental protection, mitigate climate change, increase biodiversity, prevent water pollution and eutrophication. avoid the presence of antibiotic residues and pathogenic germs in soil and crops. Farming according to Bioclyclic standards also means improving soil fertility, improving health at all levels and improving the security of global animal-free food supply in terms of livestock standards.
Soil fertility and productivity is improved with the help of plant-based nutrients. With the systematic use of mature compost, the quality of the substrate in combination with green manure and mulch made of plant materials rich in herbs, the humus content in the cultivated soil can be significantly increased.
Biocyclic farming principles of farming were developed by the German pioneer of organic farming Adolf Hoops (1932-1999). The method of farming was scientifically evaluated and systematized by Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach and adapted it to the Mediterranean region in collaboration with the National Agricultural Research Institute N.AG.RE.F (National Agricultural Research Institute) in Athens and Kalamati in Greece. Guidelines for this type of farming have had a decisive impact on the development of organic farming in Greece and Cyprus, and this is still the case today.
The first Biocyclic vegan collaborations in Greece, Cyprus, Germany, France and the Netherlands
Today, the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and its quality mark are owned by the non-profit company Adolf-Hoops-Gesellschaft in Berlin. About 60 small family farms in Greece and Cyprus operate under the principles of this type of farming. These farms do not own livestock for commercial purposes and do not use animal manure or other additives containing ingredients of animal origin when farming. Certificates have already been awarded in other countries (Germany, France, the Netherlands) and local associations have been set up to approve technical support and take care of the progress of Biocyclic vegan farming:
Germany: Förderkreis Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau
France: Association Agriculture Biocyclique Végétalienne
The Netherlands: Networks for the development of biocycling and vegan tourism in the Netherlands and Flanders
With the introduction of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and the label “biocyclic vegan agriculture”, suppliers have the opportunity to label their fresh or processed plant products with a label that responds to the growing demand of consumers who want truly organic and ethical products. The certificate provides consumers with traceability of food “from the field to the table” and gives them insight for the first time, not only that all products contain only ingredients of plant origin but that their food has grown according to all moral principles of vegan lifestyle.