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What is organic?
Rediscovered by Western countries in the 1940s, organic farming is an innovative method of farming and production that is increasingly being recognized as being on the leading edge of food and fibre technology.
Organics is not just chemical free agriculture. It is about the way the product ingredients have been grown, prepared, processed and packaged.
Standards to achieve certification are internationally recognized and are assured through annual audits of all certified operators by an independent third party auditor.
Many companies highlight natural ingredients, but to be sure that you are using truly organic products, look to see if the manufacturer can prove that it is certified organic.
Why Is Certified Organic Important?
The only way customers can be assured that they are purchasing genuine organic products, free of synthetic chemicals and GMOs, is to purchase products which have been organically certified with a leading independent certifying body such as:
- ACO (Australian Certified Organic)
- USDA(US Department of Agriculture)
- BFA (Biological Farmers of Australia)
- IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)
Build Healthy Soil
Mono-cropping and chemical fertilizer dependency has taken a toll with loss of top soil estimated at a cost of $40 billion per year in the US. Add to this an equally disturbing loss of micronutrients and minerals in fruits and vegetable. Feeding the soil with organic matter instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilizers has proven to increase nutrients in produce, with higher levels of vitamins and minerals found in organic food, according to the 2005 study, “Evaluating Antioxidant levels in food though organic farming and food processing,” Organic Center of Science Review (1.05)
Protect Future Generations
Before a mother first nurses her newborn, the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun. Studies show that infants are exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in utero. We are now reaping the results of four generations of agricultural and industrial chemicals, whose safety was deemed on adult tolerance levels, not children’s. Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility.
Reduce the Toxic Load
Keep chemicals out of the air, water, soil and our bodies. Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things.
Reduce, if not eliminate off farm pollution
Industrial agriculture doesnt singularily pollute farmland and farm workers; it also wreaks havoc on the environment downstream. Pesticide drift effects non-farm communities with ordorless and invisible poisons. Synthetic fertilizer drifting downstream is the main culprit for dead zones in delicate ocean environments.
No synthetic chemicals, synthetic growth hormones, or breeding hormones
Organic systems prohibit the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers. Avoiding synthetic hormones means less stress for animals, and reduced human exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals leads to the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections. Organic farming instead reley on natural measures to promote and maintain animal health.