Bio Markets Madrid: Where to shop for bio food products.
What does BIO mean in relation to food?
Maybe many of you aren’t sure what BIO supermarkets are and how they are beneficial to you. First, we want to inform you on what bio means and what are the advantages to changing your grocery shopping lifestyle. BIO products are grown and/or raised following the rules of the EU regulation on organic farming. All this means is that the food items you’re buying are organic but also with a few more benefits. When you’re shopping around Madrid and see the bio label on any packaged processed food it means that 95% of the ingredients come from organic farming. If you want to research further into the difference in regulations between the United States and Europe you can do so here.
Photo (Right): EU-Eco-regulation label
What is the difference between bio and organic?
It all depends on the country’s food regulations. In short, organic products are foods that haven’t been genetically modified or have been touched by chemicals. According to EU regulations they think organic and bio are synonymous. Actually, bio foods are similar to organic in the sense that they care for the environment, but they also respects the plant or animal species.
With bio products being harder to find than organic, Smart Insiders wanted to list some around Madrid. If you’re not finding exactly what you’re looking for in the city you can also look online here. On this website there is a list of places that market to bio shoppers.
Where can I find BIO markets in Madrid?
24-Hour Carrefour BIO (Tirso de Molina)
Kiki Market (La Latina)
Carrefour BIO (Malasaña)
Mama Campo: Tienda Ecológica (Chamberí)
Bio C’ Bon (Getafe)
La Nodriza (Ópera)
Above all, the biggest reason for consuming bio foods are sustainability and avoiding chemicals. It is not necessarily because they have more nutrients or because the quality is higher. Rather, it’s because they respect the environment more. If this sounds like something you’re interested in please check out some of the bio markets we’ve recommended above! Happy shopping.