The Gobierno de Canarias (Canary Islands Government) announced this week that there would be an additional 1.52 million Euros of subsidies available to continue to support 691 farmers and livestock rearers across the Canary Islands who are committed to moving to organic methods of production.
Broadly defined as not using any artificial supplements such as fertilisers or pesticides in farming methods, organic farming is increasingly becoming not just a lifestyle choice, but an essential step to ensure the long term sustainability of food production and livestock rearing on the islands. Working with the nutrients and micro-organisms in the soil, organic farming aims to improve the fertility of its growing medium year on year rather than exploit and pollute it to the point where it degrades to useless.
Clearly, switching from traditional farming methods to an organic approach takes time and money. Protecting crops from disease while still ensuring effective pollination becomes a much more difficult business and inevitably, yields are lower. It takes on average 36 months for soils to recover from the use of artificial supplements which means crops and livestock cannot be certified as organic in less time than that. The subsidies will help to supplement the loss in earnings being experienced by those farmers and livestock rearers switching to organic methods.
As consumers, it means we pay a little more for our organic meat, fruit and vegetables but it also means we are assured of not introducing pollutants into our bodies through our food which means a healthier diet and long term health benefits. Plus, we’ll be helping the environment by supporting these businesses.
Tenerife has more organic farmers than any other island in the Canaries with more than 100 registered organic producers which means it’s relatively easy for Tenerife residents and visitors to regularly pick up organic produce.
Organic food outlets on Tenerife
The largest number of outlets where you can buy certified organic foods are in the La Laguna area and you’ll find three great stalls in the La Laguna market on Plaza Cristo – La Eco Recova, El Puesto Ecológico and Nerea who has lots of organic herbs too. Tegueste, one of Tenerife’s prettiest villages, has a Saturday and Sunday morning market with two excellent stalls – Rosa Luz and Marcelo.
In the south, the Sunday morning agricultural market in Guímar Plaza Ayuntamiento is where you’ll find Finca El Dial and Mercedes Bello and you can pick up organic honey and fruits from Dagmar and Olivia. If you’re in or around Granadilla, head to the agricultural market behind the T-Gas petrol station in San Isidro on Saturday and Sunday mornings where you’ll find Teresa Marrero. On Saturday and Sunday mornings in Adeje Agricultural Market, look out for Tierra y Vida and Generoso.
You can also find a small selection of organic produce in many of the island’s major supermarkets – look out for the stamp of authenticity – and enjoy happy, healthy eating.
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