Carmien producers are taking the lead in organic Rooibos cultivation and ensuring best farming practices in protecting the natural fauna and flora, endangered wildlife species and scarce natural resources, like water.
Carmien guarantees a total traceable delivery chain with a direct link between the market place and the production base to benefit the workers behind our products as well.
Organically grown Rooibos cultivation ensures that no harmful chemical substances are utilized in the production process thereby preventing detrimental long-term side-effects to your heath and the environment.
Modern agriculture use of artificial fertilisers can displace the natural mineral content of produce. Furthermore, may the plants themselves be genetically manipulated and/or sprayed with chemical pesticides and herbicides. After harvesting, the produce is then processed, where other chemicals (such as preservatives) are added. The end result is food that yields a fraction of the nutrition our grandparents obtained from their food, plus a variety of synthetic chemicals that they were never exposed to.
Organic food is not just a new fictitious fad; it is a movement to re-establish natural nutrients in produce by using 'softer' agricultural methods. Organic was never intended to be a health claim, but because organic farmers are not using harmful chemicals and artificial substances, there are many scientifically proven health benefits to eating organic.
Organic food contains no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides of other chemical spray residue. Crops and animals absorb the chemicals with which they are sprayed or fed and mankind is next in the food chain to absorb these chemicals. Some break down slowly, and enter the food supply indirectly in our drinking water and through consumption of animal fats. Evidence shows that an accumulation of different chemicals may exponentially increase the risk. Many of the chemicals used in modern farming have even been associated with certain cancers. Organic farmers replace harsh chemical inputs with gentler, time-proven techniques of protecting their crops. These can include crop rotation, encouraging natural predators of pests and natural sprays that do not build-up in the biophysical system.
Organic methods produce wholesome food from healthy soil. This is food that is typically higher in mineral content than conventionally grown crops resulting in more nutritious better tasting products on your plate or in your cup.
Organic produce are free from 'post-harvest' additives, preservatives and other chemicals often used to 'doctor' produce to make it look better. Organic farming also means that there is no irradiation of produce.
GM and GE FREE
The food is guaranteed to be free from genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
Many countries are now growing GM crops. Since this is a relatively new technology we cannot predict what the long-term consequences to our health and the environment would be.
No long-term human safety tests have been conducted on the consumption of genetically engineered food, neither has any thorough environmental assessments been done to see what happens when these plants are released into our ecosystem
Organic farming methods are less harmful to the environment. By not using harsh chemical sprays, organic farmers are protecting groundwater resources from poisonous run-off. This improves the soil ecology and creates enriched, drought-resistant soil. Well managed organic farms usually have less soil erosion and a wider variety of animal species and microorganisms in their fields. Organic farmers are inviting nature to come into their crops by creating wild areas close to and within fields – these make monocultures more biodiverse. In this way pests are controlled by creating suitable habitat for their natural enemies close-by. Not only is diversity created over a spatial scale, but crop rotation creates diversity over a time scale too, allowing the soil to take a ‘breather’ every now and then. While conventional farmers often used burning as a method of clearing fields, this is not done in an organic system so that carbon dioxide is not released into the atmosphere and old plant material contibutes to overall soil fertility as it breaks down. Because organic methods protect and restore the health of the environment, they ultimately help create a healthier world. It is thus no surprise that organics are obtaining more and more shelf space within major supermarkets.