AUSTRALIA’S vibrant and growing organic industry and the broad-reaching benefits of choosing to buy organic are again being celebrated this September during Australian Organic Awareness Month.
Each year, as the season turns from winter to spring, the spotlight shines on the advantages of going organic, from the health-conscious buyer wanting to eliminate unnatural chemicals in their diet to supporting the market-leading work of producers in animal welfare and environmental stewardship.
Australian Organic Limited, the peak body representing the industry, is also marking its 35th anniversary in 2022 and Chief Executive Officer, Niki Ford, says the outlook for the industry is bright as the nation emerges from the challenges of the pandemic.
“Our certified organic farmers represent an industry that is worth more than two billion dollars to the Australian economy, and it’s growing, creating jobs and advancing the health and wellbeing of our people, our animals and our environment,” Ms Ford said.
“The benefits of switching to organic are compelling and are increasingly being seen as not just a commitment to personal health but also an answer to some of the biggest issues our society is grappling with such as climate change.”
As the Federal Government sets Australia on a path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, the nation’s organic farmers stand ready to help.
What does organic mean?
Put simply, organic means no synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, or herbicides. Organic products are made without artificial colours, preservatives or genetically modified ingredients.
Livestock are free to roam and allowed to follow their natural behaviours, with no hormone growth promotants or routine use of antibiotics.
How can I tell if a product is organic?
Look for a trusted certification mark such as “The Bud” logo to ensure a product is certified organic. The process of certification involves strict procedures including inspection and approval of every part of the supply chain by an independent, third-party certification body.
Award-winning chef and organic food advocate Dominique Rizzo breaks it down in a short video at this link – https://youtu.be/MJLc7hJ8DM4.
Did you know?
Australia has more land committed to organic farming than any country in the world.
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