23.09.2020 | Organic governance in Australia - domestic legislation in Australia on horizon to benefit international trade
Domestic legislation is finally on the horizon for the Australian organic industry, which would particularly benefit food and beverage companies looking to export by providing more efficient access to foreign markets.
Did you know Australia is the last ‘developed’ country in the world to have no regulations on the use of the word ‘organic’? Despite the organic sector’s growing popularity, there is still a lot of confusion among consumers about what ‘organic’ really means.
While many industries have been hit hard by the coronavirus, Australia’s organic marketplace is having a pandemic boom. With many consumers prepared to pay a premium for pesticide-free produce, there is a push to better protect the industry.
Australian Organic chief executive officer Niki Ford said international experience suggested previous health scares had actually promoted and sustained consumer interest in organic food, which then continued well after the crisis passed.
08.09.2020 | Creating efficiencies and boosting production in organic dairy farming
The appeal of organics is becoming increasingly mainstream, with more than 65 per cent of Australian households purchasing organic products in the past year, according to the 2019 Australian Organic Market Report, and organic dairy equating to nearly half (48 per cent) of all purchases.
07.09.2020 | Angove Organic explores the boom in Aussie demand for organic produce
Marking the beginning of September as Australian Organic Awareness Month, Angove Organic Wines has released The Future of Organic Report, which has addressed why Australian consumers are turning to more organic produce in amongst a turbulent 2020.
04.09.2020 | Our top beauty products this week in the Lux list
It’s Friday and we’re back with our top beauty products for this week from moisturisers to scented candles. September is also Australian Organic Awareness Month, which shines a spotlight on leading organic producers so to celebrate we’ve included some amazing organic skin care products.
03.09.2020 | Lincoln Lewis: ‘We often put everything above our food, mental health and rest’
“I’ve always tried to eat as organic as possible. Over the past 12 months I’ve become a lot more serious about it and teaming up with Australian Organic made me aware of not just the health benefits, but also how important it is to look for products that are actually organic.
01.09.2020 | Australian Organic calls for 'organic' regulation
It’s Australian Organic Awareness Month and this September, the annual event will focus on products falsely claiming to be organic on packaging, as peak industry body Australian Organic Limited urges consumers to look for the official bud certification logo.
01.09.2020 | Misleading Packaging on Organic Products Key Focus of Australian Organic Awareness Month as Industry Thrives
The issue of products falsely claiming to be ‘organic’ on packaging will be the key focus of this year’s Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM). Each September the annual event shines a spotlight on achievements and issues with the organic industry and organic products which this year have performed strongly despite the challenges of COVID-19.
01.09.2020 | Aussie actor Lincoln Lewis reflects on the mind and body transformation that saved his life
As an ambassador for AOAM, Lewis toured certified organic farms and meat suppliers across his home state of Queensland to better educate himself about the value and benefits of organic products. Many items on the market claim to be organic but in reality it is only two per cent organic, Lewis says. That’s why he urges customers to buy locally made produce and look for the Australian Certified Organic BUD Logo on products.
31.08.2020 | Organic industry raises concerns over misleading package labelling
PRODUCTS falsely claiming to be ‘organic’ on packaging will be the key focus of this year’s Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM), an annual event which shines a spotlight on achievements and issues within the organic industry.
16.07.2020 | NFF shows strong support for the organic industry in recent recommendations to government on economic recovery
The National Farmers’ Federation has called upon the government to address the Australian organic industry’s need for urgent domestic regulation as one of its key requests to “cut red tape from agricultural businesses”.
15.07.2020 | NFF supports Australian Organic’s request for tighter regulations
The Australian government is being asked by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) to address the Australian organic industry’s need for urgent domestic regulation as one of its key requests to ‘cut red tape from agricultural business’.
Organic products are increasingly finding their place in major grocery and independent grocery stories, with word on the ground being that consumers are reaching for more organic products during the coronavirus lockdown.
16.06.2020 | Real World Gardener Interview with Niki Ford
Australians are turning to organic products more and more but how can we be sure they are 100% organic other than perhaps the price difference? Niki Ford, CEO of Australian Organic, talks about the value and ethics of organic products and the importance of certification standards.
09.06.2020 | Demystifying the lure of organics – why demand will survive and thrive beyond 2020
Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford responds to a recent article theorising that the uplift of sales for organic products during COVID-19 has been due more to “necessity” – commenting that organic consumers, in fact, buy organic products for a variety of reasons.
31.05.2020 | All the Dirt Podcast: Episode 117: Australian Organic
Episode 117: Australian Organic | Australia’s peak body representing certifiers and certified operators. Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford discusses the value and ethics of organic products and the importance of certification standards.
Hayes Family Wines, a relative newbie in the Barossa Valley, put on a Zoom cast recently led by proprietor Brett Hayes and winemaker Andrew Seppelt, with an intro by Owen Gwilliam, of Australian Organic Ltd – who were partners in the event.
21.05.2020 | Australian Organic Chief Executive Niki Ford to work with NFF and ACCC
Australian Organic chief executive officer Niki Ford has been appointed to the ACCC’s Agriculture Consultative Committee and will also join the National Farmers’ Federation Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program 2020.
Ep 36: Is Certified Organic Really All That Different? Founder of Nourished Life, Irene Falcone, talks with Niki Ford, the CEO of Australian Organic about the differences between organic and Certified Organic when it comes to cosmetics and personal care.
24.03.2020 | Fresh produce industry calls for guarantee that shutdown won’t impact food production and supply
Australian Organic and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) are calling on government to ensure agriculture and the food supply chain are listed as ‘essential’ services amid the shutdown prompted by the spread of COVID-19.
23.03.2020 | Australian Organic call for food supply chain to be listed as essential
The nation’s leading organic industry body, Australian Organic, is joining the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in making an urgent call for agriculture and the food supply chain to be deemed an essential service, for the purpose of the COVID-19 response.
23.03.2020 | Ag fears coronavirus shutdown risks unless 'essential' status granted
Farmers are being assured it’s pretty much business as usual for the $59 billion agriculture sector during the coronavirus emergency, with no plans afoot for lockdowns or border restrictions on the movement of produce, livestock or farm inputs.
23.03.2020 | Australian Organic call for food supply chain to be listed as essential
Australian Organic stands with National Farmers’ Federation urgent call for food supply chain to be listed as an essential service amid new coronavirus measures The nation’s leading organic industry body, Australian Organic, is joining the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in making an urgent call for agriculture and the food supply chain to be deemed an essential service, for the purpose of the COVID-19 response.
19.02.2020 | AOL partners with ABC Organic Gardener to promote organic principles
Industry body Australian Organic (AOL) is pleased to announce its partnership with magazine ABC Organic Gardener for 2020 to promote organic principles and educate consumers around making informed choices when it comes to organic products.
20.01.2020 | Australia gets tougher on terms ‘organic’ and ‘natural’
Transparency is gets a boost with two new moves around the use of the terms ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ requiring product manufacturers and marketers to back up their claims. Australian Organic expects the use of the term ‘organic’ to also be regulated this year, according to CEO Niki Ford.
As ethical consumerism and interest in long-term sustainability continues to grow, so does a demand for organic wine. An increasing number of Australian winemakers are adopting organic principles in the vineyard, boosting the industry’s green image both locally and abroad.
27.12.2019 | Boom time as the value of organic goods hits $2.6 billion
Once dubbed a niche industry, Australia’s organic sector is forging out a path with high-value, traceable products for consumers. The industry was worth just under $1 billion nine years ago, and according to the Australian Organic Market Report 2019, Australian produced organic goods are now valued at $2.6 billion.