I discovered "bio" a couple of years ago when entering a small store that I though was selling delicacies. The type of bakery or butcher you see less and less or becomes only for the very posh. I didn't recognize the brands but my English colleagues were always talking about "veggie burgers" so why not? I started reading some texts on the wrappings and discovered ecological, fairtrade and other labels. It felt good so I want to share that with you. Feeling good is all what Los Niños is about.
Why do you give away organic products?
I like to show that there can be a party with eco friendly products. I like to support small companies. Guess what I am? ;) I have the greatest respect for artisan work, whether it is a made to measure suit or a hand sewn bag.
I wanted to order an organic juice and couldn't. Isn't this an "bio party"?
Yes and no. This is a "bio inspired" party. Some locations where I party are existing locations (such as Café Capital and Recyclart) with a proper offer of drinks. In other words: I have nothing to say (nor to earn) about the drinks they serve. In some cases Los Niños sets up a second bio bar.
Taste it. Top chefs seem to appreciate it's flavours.
The environment loves it. No pesticides. No chemicals spoiling the water. No genetically modified stuff. Better management of the soil keeps it healthier.
That counts for you too. More vitamins, less nitrates and other non-human sounding names
Less waste. Keeping the diversity of crops. Did you notice the same vegetables in some non organic stores over and over again? Yes, there is more than tomatoes and salad ;)
Animal well being. Space for the chickens and cows. Running outside getting organic food.
Helping out small, innovative companies with a drive as you have rarely seen.
Expensive, yes. Too? No. We'll pay for the shit in the end anyway. Water prices rising. And hey, even water level rising. Organic farmers request a reasonable salary, unlike some exploited mass product farmers dumping food. In many cases branded products are as expensive as organic because you pay the ads. Buying organic is making space in your budget. Let's say it IS 30% more than "regular" food. On a budget of 100 euro that is 30 euro more per month. One sweater less? Skip Los Niños? Fine with me. Organic isn't only for the rich. Many organic customers are concerned about their health or natureBIO : how can I be sure?
Who says that what buy is genuine? There's law for that and labels. Rules for the producers and how the control needs to happen. In Belgium Blik and Ecocert checks the product from the field to your plate. No wrong do-ers? I'm Mr. sceptical but even if there are then still I'm convinced there is more in the mass production. The label is protected so anyone abusing will get a fine. Many products say "natural, from the region, hormone free" etc. This has nothing to do with organic. Surely it has some plusses but it shouldn't be confused with organic food.Import
Let's say I try to buy Belgian products when available. Why have it transported when you can get it here. And hey, it's nice to support a "neighbour". Lots of countries do have specific labels. If a country hasn't (eg Brazilian coffee, Costa Rica bananas) but can guarantee equal principles, then they can get bio qualification. I must be honest: I'm sceptical but when dealing with "bio people" I got more and more confident.
If it isn't then it should be clearly indicated. More and more products consist of many ingredients. In general a * indicates what is bio and what isn't. Bio water and salt does not exist.