Why Buy Organic Products?
If we are making the effort to buy organic products and produce, we also need to ask ourselves what does certified organic mean?
Certified organic standards differ across the world, but the purpose of the certification is for consumers to know that they are purchasing genuine organic produce, not those who simply say they are 'organic'.
See the different categories of Organic Products below.
In the early years of the organic industry, growers and consumers relied on trust at farmers markets. With the demand for organics now being so great, with consumers wanting to avoid food additives, certification is required which can be both costly and time consuming to producers. But it does give consumers peace of mind.
The term 'certified organic' is largely related to food production but can also extend to retailers and restaurants.
Basically, meeting the standards involves- (taken from Wikipedia)
- avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc) and genetically modified organisms;
- use of farmland that has been free from chemicals for a number of years (often, three or more);
- keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail);
- maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products;
- undergoing periodic on-site inspections
Differing bodies oversee the certification process in different countries, sometimes with governments also being involved. Look for the mark/branding of the relevant body in your country.
What about GMO foods
and products? Are they grown
in Australia? Are they safe and how do we know when we're buying them
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