Is it organic?
Australian Certified Organic Standard
The Australian Certified Organic Standard is the rule book for businesses that are certified organic with Australian Organic’s 'Bud' logo.
It is reviewed every three years to ensure it meets industry expectations and changes with new practices and research. The Standard applies to a range of organic businesses – food and drink, cosmetics, fibre, farmers, processors, retailers and manufacturers of certified organic ingredients.
As one of the strictest standards in Australia, the Australian Certified Organic Standard brings together the requirements of national and international relevant standards so consumers have a simple choice when buying organic produce.
The high quality of the Australian Certified Organic Standard has earned direct equivalence with the European Union for livestock and wine export.
The Standard is upheld by regular and random annual audits of certified organic companies and products holding organic certification.
Certified Organic products are non-GMO. The crops that are most likely to be genetically modified are corn, soybean, cotton and canola.
Processed foods likely to be genetically modified are corn syrup, corn starch, corn oil, soy lecithin, soy protein, vegetable oil, farmed fish, and animal by-products.
For The Animals
Products wearing the Australian Certified Organic logo don’t use synthetic colouring agents and fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients, silicones, paraffin and petroleum products. We like ingredients that are naturally effective.
The Australian Certified Organic Standard prohibits animal testing on skin care and cosmetics.
Free To Roam
Livestock must be free to roam to be certified organic. This means no caged chickens and no sow stalls. Animals must be given a quality of life that allows them to perform natural social and physical functions.
Raising organic cattle through breeding using natural methods, stress free weaning that allows for the ethological needs of mothers and young. Live export is also prohibited under organically certified operations.
By buying Australian Certified Organic you are looking after worker’s rights. The Australian Certified Organic Standard upholds the principles of trading fairly.
Poor working conditions and child labour issues continue to plague the clothing industry and some consumers are unaware that cheap clothes come at a cost to people and the environment. Certified organic textiles and products provide a healthy and ethical alternative.
Synthetic Chemical Free
The Australian Certified Organic Standard prohibits the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
Synthetic food additives are thought to be linked to symptoms such as allergic reactions, asthma, and ADHD.
Certified organic food and drink must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic ingredients.
Organic farming practices focus on biodiversity protection and land regeneration. By prohibiting the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals, certified organic farming reduces its impact on the surrounding environment by reducing run-off into nearby waterways.
Farms must also demonstrate water efficiency and catchment areas, streams and rivers are monitored and protected to ensure sustainability.