is a labelling term that refers to the way agricultural products
are grown; promoting and enhancing biodiversity, biological cycles
and soil biological activity. Production is based on maintaining
and replenishing soil fertility without pesticides and fertilisers.
Organic foods do not contain artificial ingredients, preservatives,
or irradiation to help maintain the integrity of the food. Organic
farming is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management
practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
does "Certified Organic" mean?
Organic" means the producer has followed strict uniform standards
that are verified by an independent organisation; in our case ACO.
It involves inspections of farm fields and processing areas, standard
record keeping, and periodic soil and water testing.
purchase organic foods?
1. Good for the taste buds - Organic food tastes great!
Taste is a matter of opinion but well-balanced soils full of regenerating
goodness, help produce strong flavoursome foods. Organic foods often
have a higher natural sugar content and less water to dilute flavours,
and usually spend less time in storage.
2. Good for you. Organic fruit and vegetables have been shown in
a number of studies to contain more vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting
antioxidants than conventional food. Soil is the foundation of the
food chain and healthy soil means healthy plants and food.
3. Good for the environment and natural resources. Organic systems
aim to reduce dependence on the many non-renewable resources used
in modern farming. Organic production aims to be sustainable whilst
having best management of the environment and wildlife as a priority.
The elimination of polluting chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done
in combination with soil building, protects and conserves water
4. Good for the next generation. General sustainability practices
used in organic farming ensures the protection of the environment
for future generations. Although sometimes cheaper at the register,
conventional foods do not reflect the hidden costs to our governments
of cleaning up pollution, fixing soil erosion and increasing health
care. Chemical runoff and residues in waterways is one of the main
causes of diminishing wildlife. Organic farming reduces landfill,
captures CO2 in the soil and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.