Organic & Fair Trade
BETEN develops since 2003 a programm of converting the cultivated surfaces in organic agriculture, in accordance with the European referential for the EEC and american for the NOP. The production sites are inspected and certified every year by ECOCERT.
The idea is to produce without using any pesticides, insecticides or synthetic fertilisers. But it does not mean «to wait that it grows without doing anything». Quite the opposit, as this philosophy is very carreful with the care to bring to the soil in order to secure its fertility. There are actually quite a few natural techniques such as composting or an intelligent rotation of the plants which enble to assure a sustainable use of the soil with draining them.
The notion of «productivity» but also of intrinsic quality of the products, of respect for the human health as well as for the environnement are understood as a whole. The method of transformation, the cleaning of the tools, the packaging, the storage, the condition of transport and of commercialisation are also checked every year. The office of BETEN in France is certified too, as well as our forwarding agent for a total transparency.
Moreover, the company applies since the origin of its activities a social ethic in its profesional practices with its employees and production partners in Eastern Europe.
This is about guaranteeing our clients that the products supplied have been cultivated and transformed in dignified working conditions dignes or payed at a fair price if purchased from a producing partner of the area. Therefore our direct employees are remunerated above the minimum local requested, and we invest in diverse projects in order to enable a long-lasting improvement of their living and working conditions.
The cultivation of aromatic plants in this area contributes to the preservation of biodiversity and enables to maintain a know-how and employment in the country side which were supplying at the time of the Soviet Union an immense interior market of 250 millions consumers. Today, the production of these products with high added value is intends essential to export but we have noticed that they are starting back to be used locally as the market is getting closer to welcome them again.
The goal is to actively participate to the reorganisation and the et la stabilization of a channel for agricultural products, bu using in the cleanest manner the most important asset of this geographical area, a soil naturally rich of chernozem.