Organic agriculture, also known as ecological farming, is an agricultural system that uses fertilizers of organic origin, pesticides with non-chemical actives/substances and places emphasis on techniques such as plant rotation and companion planting. It originated early in the 20th century in reaction to rapidly changing farming practices. Certified organic agriculture accounts for 75 million hectares (190 million acres) globally representing approximately 1.6% of total world farmland. Since 1990, the market for organic food and other products has grown rapidly, reaching $63 billion worldwide in 2012. That means that organic produced food, clothes and many other things will be a promising market segment in the future.
The systems of organic farming continues to be developed and new and more efficient plant protection products and fertilizers are getting into the market. Biological pest control, mixed cropping and the fostering of insect predators are part of this system. The EU and several certification bodies have developed organic standards. These standards are internationally regulated and enforced by many nations. In the list of active substances approved for use in the EU organic agriculture under EU regulation (EC) No 889/2008 actives like Azadirachtin, Natural Pyrethrins, Ferric phosphate, Bee wax, Fatty acid potassium salt, Paraffin oil, Copper, mineral oils, microorganisms, pheromones between others are allowed. Most of them are of natural origin. Synthetic substances are prohibited or strictly restricted. Organic farming is better for the environment, biodiversity and sustainability especially on local level but also globally. Organic food is better for health, food security and safety.
All products in this section are approved for organic agriculture and are following the above mentioned standards. Where necessary this can be shown by organic certifications granted from national or international certification bodies. As they are registered they have also proven their high efficacy against the target pests.