The

green

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Our Living Green Wall

You don't have to be an environmental psychologist to understand that plants look attractive. But dig a little deeper beneath their beauty and you'll discover the facts - the benefits of indoor plants go far beyond the aesthetic.

Research has shown that indoor plants significantly improve a whole range of aspects of our indoor environment. The benefits cover a spectrum from physically cleaner air to direct beneficial effects on psychological health, task performance, illness reduction and productivity.

The Green Temple has a 18m2 a plant wall with Green Art Solutions own unique façade system. It has an automatic irrigation system, so the plants always have the ideal amount of water and nutrients. The wall is additionally equipped with natural daylights, so all plants grow well, even in darker places.

 

Plants Clean Indoor Air of Toxins

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The Green Temple has a 18m2 a plant wall.

Fortunately, there is a remedy for poor indoor air quality : Plants

Many people are unaware that indoor air pollution is typically worse than outdoor air pollution. In fact, indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. In a typical office building you find yourself surrounded with synthetic materials and chemicals which often results into the "Sick Building Syndrome".

Here are some of the most common culprits responsible for indoor air pollution:

Formaldehyde: This chemical is commonly found in carpets, glue, paint and building materials.

Benzene: Plastics, pesticides, cleaning products and synthetic fibers can all harbor benzene.

Trichloroethylene: This toxin can be found in cleaning products, adhesives, rug cleaning solution and printing fluid.

Fortunately, there is a remedy for poor indoor air quality : PLANTS!

Plants reduce all types of urban air pollution and clean the air from VOC (volatile organic compounds), which are particles that float through the air and can be toxic. Our plant wall reduces VOC and CO2 with a 100% and replaces it with O2 (oxygen). That means no afternoon dip and always enough oxygen!

Some of the benefits of lower VOC levels:

45% reduction of headaches

32% less complaints of tiredness

37% reduction of dry throats

69% feels generally better

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Plants Increase Creativity

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In a study of an office setting 15% more ideas where generated in rooms with plants opposed to rooms without or just with abstract sculptures.

Creative ideas are sometimes hard to come by, especially when cooped up in an office all day. Fear no more, indoor plants, trees, and flowers, are here to save the day!

In a study of an office setting 15% more ideas where generated in rooms with plants opposed to rooms without or just with abstract sculptures.

The color green is usually associated with productivity, creativity and action. Being surrounded by natural green plants enables employees and co-workers to think more freely and enables them to feel like their surroundings are more than just the same old, stale, office they sit in every day from nine to five.

Instead, they will feel like the environment is completely new, more inviting, and open for creative thinking.

The impact of indoor plants on creativity is significant. 

In the workplace environment plants improve idea generation, creative performance and problem solving.

Boosting creativity is an important factor for success and we can leverage creativity with our indoor plant wall to start the creative train in your meeting, training or event!

 

Plants Increase Concentration, Motivation, Productivity & Mood

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Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy (+12%), yielding a higher quality result.

Plants provide support and relaxation by providing a feeling of comfort, more confidence, more work enjoyment and lower stress levels.

The calming influence of nature

Moreover, enriching the environment with plants can lead to productivity improvements of over 15%, improve memory performance and attention span by 23%.

With plants negative emotions can hugely be reduced:

  • Anger -44%

  • Depression -58%

  • Fatigue -38%

  • Confusion -30%

  • Overall negativity -65%

  • Overall stress -50%

  • Anxiety -37%

Climate

neutral

solutions

 

With pollution reaching levels never before seen and having a major effect on our environment, it is more important than ever to do what we can to stop it. Most people do not realise it, but they can do something right now to improve the environment by going “Carbon Neutral”. 

Going carbon neutral means that you produce almost no carbon emissions through your day-to-day activities. You then completely clear your carbon debt by purchasing carbon offsets. This means you have no carbon footprint and you are not contributing to the problems of carbon pollution in our atmosphere. 

The first public climate neutral canal house of Amsterdam

The Green Temple is located at The Conscious Clubthe showcase of the new sustainable future. The Conscious Club is the first public climate neutral canal house in Amsterdam. This former chocolate factory is rebuild with a super high-tech sustainable climate system. Only natural products have been used to build a sacred space. Not only a conscious design but also one with soul through the amount of antique details and items with a story. 

 
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Solar Power

The sun generates more electricity in one hour then the world needs in an entire year. The solar panels on top of The Conscious Club cover their full usage of electricity. Eneco supplied this innovative system, to make sure The Conscious Club is self sufficient and ready for the future.

Although the production of solar panels does require some inputs of raw materials and energy, solar power’s environmental impact is minimal. The technology produces none of the carbon, methane or particulate emissions that fossil fuels emit, and it doesn’t demand large-scale mining or drilling operations. Since panel arrays can be placed on rooftops or in isolated desert areas, solar power’s physical footprint is manageable as well.

 
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Climate Control

Traditional heating on the Amsterdam canals is being done with a gas boiler, but even the very economical ones still emission CO2. To make sure we don't leave a carbon footprint we have a high tech climate installation by our friends of BLR-Bimon. We use electrical heating in combination with a heat pump and our heat pump works from the energy generated by our solar panels to make sure our building is energy neutral.

 
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Hybrid System

We use a hybrid climate system that automatically adjusts by measuring the outside temperature. Only on the coldest days we make use of the newest and most economical boiler from Remeha to get some extra heat in the building.

Did you know that all of our hot water comes from their Solar Pro tank and solar collectors combined with a high efficiency hot water boiler. With this system the maximum energy label of A+++ has been realised.

Organic

building

material

 

The amount of energy used and pollution created from man-made construction materials is astounding. The number and amount of harmful chemicals used is growing all the time, leading to many people becoming allergic or getting sick around new carpets and a wide variety of other materials.

Organic materials such as wood, straw, bamboo, cellulose insulation, clay, natural paints and oils or waxes could be used instead to create low energy buildings that are solid, safe and better for the environment.

Organic materials are grown from seeds and absorb carbon dioxide while they grow. After harvesting, they sequester this greenhouse gas and do not release it into the atmosphere.

Organic building materials can breath, absorbing and giving off moisture for a healthy indoor environment.

Just like we now associate organic foods with healthier eating, organic construction materials lead to a healthier building. With an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability, organic buildings can lead the way.

 
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Clay Plaster

The warm feeling you get when you enter The Conscious club is partly due to the clay paint and plastering of Tierrafino used throughout the building. But what makes clay so special?

Normal conventional construction can tolerate very little increase in humidity without condensation/mold problems moisture from these sources must be mechanically sucked out of the building. At the same time most heating systems tend to make the air too dry for optimum health, and so buildings must be humidified to reach healthy levels. So on one hand, we are using technology to suck moisture out and on the other, we are using it to add humidity back in!

Certain building materials such as unfired clay and other natural fibers have the ability to naturally regulate indoor humidity provided they are not sealed with impermeable finishes. They can effectively capture humidity when the levels are too high and then release it again once the ambient levels drop thus buffering these extremes and creating natural humidity ranges.

The reason impermeable finishes are used is to make everything impervious for ease of cleaning and maintenance. Surfaces are covered with a thin layer of plastic. These surfaces become reflective and that has a negative impact on the acoustics and can create visual glare.

Did you know that we had an artist clay plaster our walls? He told the builders to be silent so he could put in the love it deserves. Extra love in these walls here!

 
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Organic Paint

Besides the clay paint throughout the whole building we've used AQUAMARYN LINOLUX lacquer for all the woodwork.

AQUAMARYN has been making sustainable paint since the early 80's and was the first paint producer who focussed on developing natural paint on the basis of renewable raw materials. It's the only producer in The Netherlands with a complete sustainable paint assortment.

Linseed oil

Linolux lacquer is made of a minimal of 92% natural raw materials. It's a water-based sealer and Dutch linseed oil is the most used ingredient.

Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil or flax oil, is a colourless to yellowish oil obtained from the dried, ripened seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum).

Why use organic finishes?

Like paints, clear finishes can contain high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which contribute to air pollution and can cause health problems. Finishes can have a greater effect than paint on your home’s air quality, however, because they must be reapplied more frequently on high-use surfaces like floors, tables, and chairs. Toxic and polluting ingredients such as toluene and xylene are common solvents.

 
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Waxed floors

For the floor we worked with the advice of Van Binnen, the first store in the Netherlands that sells environmental friendly interior design.

If you look at the floor at The Conscious Club, you see a sand-cement floor polished off with a natural hard-wax oil in two layers. Sunflower, soya, linseed and thistle oils are the basis for this finish. The natural wax is classified as food safe and the pigment do not contain any harmful heavy metals, dis-aromatised white spirit ensures that the finishes are easy to spread.

But why are natural floors healthier?

Most types of unnatural paint’s, finishing’s and other building materials contain VOC (volatile organic compounds), which are particles that float through the air and can be toxic. Many of these VOC can cause severe health problems like cancer and are at the root of "The Sick Building Syndrome".

Antique

&

upcycled

furniture

 

Upcycling is a method in which old or discarded materials are converted into something reusable.

The difference between upcycling and recycling is simple. Recycling takes consumer materials such as plastic, paper, metal, and glass and breaks them down so that they can be made into a new consumer product (usually of lesser quality). When you upcycle an item you aren’t breaking down ant materials, just purely refashioning it.  Additionally the quality of the upcycled item has same or even better quality than the original.

Upcycling is beneficial towards the environment because the act saves or removes materials from the waste system. It also requires less energy than recycling and encourages innovative thought process.

There are a lot of antique elements in The Conscious Club, antiques add a sense of warmth, history, and character to your building. A nice plus is that it also holds it's value!

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Antique Table

Did you know that all of the tables at The Conscious Club are self-made from antique and upcycled wood? We made the tables in The Green Temple from 300 year old oak floor boards from the famous Wester Tower. This is the same oak from the 1700's, where they made all of the V.O.C. ships from and you can still see this wood back in the ceilings of old Dutch churches like the Oudekerk. The wood from our flyer table in the hall comes from an old farm and we've transformed old army lockers into tables for our café area.

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Antique Doors

All of our doors, except for the dressing rooms, are from the 1800's and from Kramer Antique . Antique doors are designed to instill a sense of elegance. Today, these same doors can create a historical feel in any doorway. Besides that they give the building instant character. You can recognize the difference between modern doors and antique doors by the unusual big width they have. The antique glass room dividers in The Green Temple are also from the 19th century which gives The Green Temple it's own unique feel. For the kitchen we've used antique closet doors and turned them 3-door system.

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Antique Tiles

At Kramer Antique you can find a great collection of antiques. With their 70 year history of selling antiques and their long-term experience, they have established their name within the Spiegelkwartier art district of Amsterdam.

This bathroom wall is decorated with white glazed tiles from the seventeenth and eighteenth century. The tiles with a figure date from the years 1660 to 1680 and were made for Amsterdam canal houses. Usually they were seen inside kitchens, fire places and lavatories. Not a single white tile has the same coloration, creating a lively appearance on the wall.

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The Benches

All of our benches are handmade and when you sit on a bench at The Conscious Club it's always one with a story!

The Locker Rooms
The benches in the locker rooms are made from the beams of the old ceiling at Studio 150. Studio 150 is an old music recording studio and many famous artists such as David Bowie and Prince recorded songs there! The Studio was demolished but we kept the memory alive by giving it new life!

The Café
The green steel benches in the café area are by our own design. It also has some extra girl power in them, because we welded them ourselves!

The Green Temple
The large wall bench in The Green Temple is made from old pallets we found on the street. We cut the wood into pieces and reused it as the wood for the bench. We painted it white with organic lacquer paint of AQUAMARYN. The build in lights are sustainable led lights and can be turned into any color!


Did you know that the chairs in The Green Temple are also upcycled? We have an unique collection of vintage Mauser design conference chairs.

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The Bar

The bar is self-made with leftover wood of the rebuild at The Conscious Club. We've made full use of the wood available and the boys of 20tree turned it into the bar it is today!

We used environmentally friendly, safe and organic resin for the top of the bar. Vegetable oil-based epoxy resin have low levels of volatile organic compounds "VOC's" or detectable fumes, is non-toxic, classified as food safe and even hypoallergenic!

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Sacred Statues

In The Conscious Club you find many different religious statues from Hinduism, Buddhism and Shamanism. We display them for protection and the clearing of the path to enlightenment.

Lord Ganesha
When you enter The Conscious Club you are immediately welcomed by Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in Hinduism and his elephant head makes him easy to identify.

Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rites and ceremonies.

Lord Ganesha is the gatekeeper at The Conscious Club and you can also find him in The Green Temple and our Zen Hall.

Buddha
You can find an antique bronze statue of the original Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, at our bar. Buddha was a teacher of the paths to eliminate suffering and reach nirvana, after he himself attained enlightenment.

Lord Krishna
In our café you can find a beautiful statue of Krishna. Krishna is the god of compassion, tenderness, and love in Hinduism and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities. Remembering Krishna, reminds us of the purpose of our existence. Doing deeds from the depths of our consciousness, ensures that we shall never go wrong.

Lord Shiva
Shiva is the "destroyer and transformer" within the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma and Vishnu. In Shaivism tradition, Shiva is the Supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe.

At the highest level, Shiva is regarded as formless, limitless, transcendent and unchanging absolute Brahman, and the primal Atman (soul, self) of the universe. Shiva is also known as Adiyogi Shiva, regarded as the patron god of yoga, meditation and arts.

Sustainable

products

 

 Sustainable products are those products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal. Our sustainable products are part of the new circular economy.

Looking beyond the current "take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model, the circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. Relying on system-wide innovation, it aims to redefine products and services to design waste out, while minimising negative impacts. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural and social capital.

At The Conscious Club we embrace the circulair economy model, that's why we only use sustainable products and only work with sustainable suppliers and business partners.

 
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Share The Sun

A nice way to charge your phone at The Conscious Club is by using the solar powered Waka Waka!

WakaWaka is a social impact company on a mission to provide universal access to the abundant energy of the sun. They help people plug into the sun. For power and for light. In an emergency or for play. In the middle of the city or way off the beaten path.

Buy a WakaWaka and you get to send one to someone living through a humani-tarian crisis. Survivors of catastrophic earthquakes; families displaced by war and strife; and many many others are able to tap into the power of the sun for light and power through the exact same WakaWaka design and quality.

 
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Organic Fabric

At The Conscious Club we use the towels, sheets and plaids of Yumeko.

Yumeko brings gentleness into the world. They believe that gentleness enables us to live a better and more relaxed life. This means that their goal is to make the time that you spend in the bathroom and in your bed a real pleasure. That’s why they make their eco bed linen, duvets, pillows, mattresses, towels and plaids so soft and gentle.

They do this by using the most sustainable cotton and kapok, the best down, the purest latex and the finest wool. They can offer this quality because they are gentle to the animals and the fields that give them their raw materials, and to the farmers who own them.

Just try it for yourself.

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The Washrooms

Our washrooms are furnished with sustainable products of Vendor.

Vendor is a sustainable partner in washroom hygiene and has a harmonious focus on People, Planet and Profit.

All Vendor products and services are methodically checked for their impact on society and the environment.

CSR Performance Ladder level 4 certification proofs that CSR is integrated into the daily operations. Our paper towels and toilet tissue carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and our “Pure” soaps have been awarded the Cradle to Cradle Silver certificate.

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Organic Soap

All of the soaps and body products at The Conscious Club are organic. In the showers you can find shower cream and near the washbasin you can find hand lotion from Dr. Hauschka. The soap in the soap dispensers are also natural but from a different company called Vendor.

So what is it what makes makes unnatural soap so bad for you?

Here are just a few of the ingredients found in commercial body soaps: Benzaldehyde, Benzyl Acetate, Sodium, Laureth Sulfate (SLS) and Linalool.

What are these chemicals, and are they really necessary for cleanliness?

If you're concerned about reducing the amount of dangerous chemicals and toxins you expose your body to, you need to know about typical body soaps.

Give serious thought to what you'd put on your skin as much as you would to what you'd put into your mouth.

Why? It is your body's first line of defence against harmful substances.

Your skin is a protective mechanical barrier for your internal organs and muscles. It excretes waste products and excess salts from your body through sweat and tears. Your skin is also meant to absorb substances that are good for you, like Vitamin D from the sun, or healing herbals, and essential oils. So of course, your skin can also absorb substances that are bad for you!

When your skin absorbs harmful chemicals, their toxins can lodge into your cells, tissues, and muscles, and eventually overwhelm your entire immune system.

A weakened immune system can no longer do its' real job of defending you against disease-causing viruses, bacteria and fungal infections. By using organic soap and body products you are taking care of yourself!

 
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Yoga Gear

The yoga mats, yoga straps, yoga blocks, bolsters and meditation pillows are all from Ecoyogi.

With the products by Ecoyogi you are shrinking your ecological footprint and participating in the creation of a better future for our planet.

Mats
The Ecoyogi mats are made from PVC 2.0 which means that its produced emission free and is free from harmful substances like Phthalate and AZO. They have the highest certified level from Ökotex* and they have a average lifespan that is four times longer then a yoga mat made from 100% natural materials. That’s also the reason why they give an 5 year guarantee on this mat.

Blocks
The yoga blocks are 100% made out of cork, which is a natural and environmental friendly material. The tree is not cut down to harvest the cork but only the bark stripped, leaving the tree intact.

Straps
The straps are made for 100% out of GOTS certified cotton

Bolsters and meditation cushions
These are made out of GOTS certified cotton and are filled with buckwheat chaff. Chaff is the inedible protective casing of the grain, which is otherwise thrown away.

Vegetarian

organic

food

 

The food at The Green Temple is completely vegetarian, which means that it excludes all meat and fish products from its assortment. All of the ingredients are organic for health and environmental reasons. Besides vegetarian food, we strive for mostly vegan ingredients, which don't contain any animal products.

We know that the way to a persons heart is through the stomach, that's why we only work with the best ingredients and food with the highest quality. The soul food for your event is made from our own authentic, homemade recipes and with lots of love in our own kitchen.

 
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The Environment

Global warming, also referred to as climate change, is the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system and its related effects. Global warming is the biggest threat facing the earth today.

Global Warming
Global warming occurs when carbon dioxide (CO2) and other air pollutants and greenhouse gasses collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface. Normally, this radiation would escape into space - but these pollutants, which can last for years to centuries in the atmosphere, trap the heat and cause the planet to get hotter. That's what's known as the greenhouse effect.

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions are for 51% due to livestock and their byproducts. 13% are due to transport; road, rail, air and marine.

Livestock is responsible for 65% nitrous oxide emissions, a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than CO2.

Rainforest destruction
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazone destruction. A shocking 6000m2 of rainforest are being cleared every second. The numbers are devastating, Palm oil is responsible for a 105 billion square meters of cleared rainforest and animal agriculture for 550 billion square meters of cleared rainforest. As humans on earth we are life dependent on the oxygen from the rainforest. Destructing it, is suicide.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction. A 110 animals and insect species are being lost every day from rainforest destruction.

Land & Water
Livestock covers 45% of the Earth's total land. One third of the land is desertified due to livestock.

Just to get an impression: with 1,5 acres of land (6070m2) you can produce either 167.783kg of plant based food or 170kg of meat.

The meat and dairy industry use 1/3 of Earth's fresh water. To make one hamburger, you need 3000 liters of water, which is the equivalent to showering for 2 months.

Waste
The waste of a farm with 2500 dairy cows is equal to the waste from a city of 411.000 people, that's half the population of Amsterdam. Per minute a 3.2 million KG of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the U.S.. 

Fisheries
Three out of four fisheries are exploited. 80.4 million metric tons of fish are pulled from the ocean each year. For every 1kg of fish caught, 5kg of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.

Farmed fish is the new cattle industry. They are packed in baths of antibiotics and other unhealthy toxics. They have no swimming space, to give an example; a catfish of 1,25 KG has only 3 liters to swim in. Wild fish and farmed fish have no welfare conditions, yet they suffer from anxiety, pain, stress and fear. Besides that many fish get slaughtered without stunning which leads to painful death. 

Ice Cap Melting
Massive ice sheets at opposite ends of the Earth are melting at an unprecedented rate. Using satellite mapping technology, a German research team found that ice sheets in Greenland and Western Antarctica, spanning thousands of miles, are losing 500 cubic kilometers (about 120 cubic miles) of ice per year. The volume of loss in Greenland has doubled and that in the West Antarctic, ice sheet loss has tripled, since 2009.

It is very important that the polar ice caps are frozen because the snow they are covered with reflects a large amount of light back into space that would otherwise increase the overall temperature of Earth. So you can see this is a serious problem. The polar ice caps help keep Earth a nice temperature, but the melting of polar ice caps increases the rate of global warming.

Maintaining the Earth's temperature is very important to all the organisms that live in or around the polar ice caps. Despite being frozen and mostly covered with snow or ice, many small plants, invertebrates, and animals depend on the polar ice caps for food and shelter. Without the polar ice caps, many of these species would go extinct because they are well adapted to the climate and resources in these regions.

 
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Organic Farming

According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations there are 6 main benefits to organic farming over regular farming: sustainability over the long term, water, air and climate change, biodiversity, genetically modified organisms and ecological services.

Organic agriculture considers the medium- and long-term effect of agricultural interventions on the agro-ecosystem. It aims to produce food while establishing an ecological balance to prevent soil fertility or pest problems. Opposed to conventional farming that focuses on the short-term gains but causes pollution and unfertile soil in the long run.

Polluted water
In many agriculture areas the pollution of groundwater caused by with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is a major problem. These are prohibited in organic agriculture. Instead organic fertilizers and organic systems are used that restore and enhance the soil.

Air & climate change
Organic agriculture reduces non-renewable energy use in two ways. First by decreasing agrochemical needs, witch requires high quantities of fossil fuel to be produced. And secondly by enhancing the ability of the soil to store carbon, thereby absorbing C02.

Biodiversity
The number of studies on organic farming and biodiversity increased significantly within the last years. A recent study reporting on a meta-analysis of 766 scientific papers concluded that organic farming produces more biodiversity than other farming systems.

At the gene level, traditional and adapted seeds and breeds are preferred for their greater resistance to diseases and their resilience to climatic stress.

 At the species level, diverse combinations of plants and animals optimize nutrient and energy cycling for agricultural production.

 At the ecosystem level, the maintenance of natural areas within and around organic fields and absence of chemical inputs create suitable habitats for wildlife.

 
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GMO Free

A Genetic Modified Organism (GMO), is any organism whose DNA has been altered using genetic engineering methods. In most cases, the aim is to introduce a new trait to the organism which does not occur naturally in the species. Examples in genetic modified crops are to include resistance to certain pests or diseases, so the crop will survive.

The extinction of honeybees
Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat. The honeybees are our most important food pollinators.

Since 2005, a malady named The Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has killed honeybees on a massive scale in United States and in Europe. Bee colony collapse disorder kills worker bees that have left the hive to search for food. They simply don't come back.

Between 1947 and 2005, the number of bees in the United States declined by over 40 percent, from 5.9 million to 2.4 million. In Europe it declined with 25%.

In April 2016, researchers reported that U.S. beekeepers lost 44 percent of their colonies in the prior 12 months. That's up from 42.1 percent in 2015, and 39 percent in 2014.

Pesticides
A powerful new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids was incorporated by Monsanto/Bayer into GMO plants. It's explosive growth of use since 2005 has roughly tracked rising bee deaths.

The U.S. government has finally admitted after a report in 2016, that neonicotinoids are to blame for the catastrophic bee deaths that have occurred over the last decade.

The report confirms what environmentalists and beekeepers have implored for years: neonicotinoids weaken, disorient and kill honeybees. 
The analysis emphatically highlights imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid, as particularly harmful.

Imadacloprid in Europe & Holland
Did you know that imidacloprid was allowed on the list of crop pesticides in Europe from 2009 until 2019? The European Commission banned the pesticide from the list 2013 because of the shocking rising bee deaths.

There's also a direct link with imadacloprid, water pollution and a declining local bird population. In some parts of Holland they found over 10.000 times the amount of allowed imadacloprid in the water. The measurements were done between 2005 and 2006 by Rijkswaterstaat in the west of Holland where there are many greenhouses, bulb growing and arboriculture. Besides a dying bee population, local insect eating birds like starling, skylark, swallow and the eurasian tree sparrow have disappeared increasingly.

GMO Free with organic farming
The use of GMOs within organic systems is not permitted during any stage of organic food production, processing or handling.

Organic agriculture is taking the precautionary approach to GMOs and chooses to encourage natural biodiversity. The organic label therefore provides an assurance that GMOs have not been used intentionally in the production and processing of the organic products.

This is something that cannot be guaranteed in conventional products, as labelling the presence of GMOs in food products has not yet come into force in most countries. However, with increasing GMO use in conventional agriculture and due to the method of transmission of GMOs in the environment (e.g. through pollen), organic agriculture will not be able to ensure that organic products are completely GMO free in the future.

Ecological services 
The impact of organic agriculture favours both agricultural production and nature conservation. By opting for organic products, the consumer through his/her purchasing power promotes a less polluting agricultural system. The hidden costs of agriculture to the environment in terms of natural resource degradation are reduced.