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The difference between Certified Organic and Certified Sustainable

August 18, 2021 Team Goodness

What is the difference between organic and regenerative farming? Regenerative agriculture's main focus is on improvements to soil health and the overall quality of the land. Read on to learn more! 

What is regenerative agriculture? 

Regenerative farming is a holistic agricultural system underpinned by science. Centred around cultivating natural soil fertility and health, and reversing human impact on the environment during the process. Regenerative agriculture involves a number of specialised farming approaches that regenerate and revitalise the soil and the environment.  Healthy soil is capable of producing nutrient dense food with strong plant root systems and needs less synthetic inputs.

What is ASP certified sustainable?

Australian Sustainable Produce (ASP) produce is tested to ensure that it is residue-free and non-GMO to deliver high quality, nutrient-dense food farmed using practices that build soil health, safe natural inputs and modern scientific techniques. Regenerative farming is not the same as ASP certified however certified farmers use some regenerative agricultural practices to nurture the relationship between soil and plant health and require fewer inputs including fertilisers and pesticides. ASP certified products are free from residues, GMO's and are climate-friendly. In addition, all products can be traced back to the individual fields of production.

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What is organic farming?

Organic farming is a is a farming method that involves growing and nurturing plants and animals without the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, antibiotic, hormones or genetically modified products. Organic food production ensures farmers and consumers reduce exposure to chemicals exposure and GMO's and animal welfare is paramount.

What is organic certified?

‘Certified organic’ is a term given to products produced according to organic standards as certified by one of the certifying bodies. We have a few certifiers in Australia, we are certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO), which has some of the most rigorous standards and is recognised worldwide. At Honest to Goodness we pride ourselves on delivering the best quality produce to our community, which is why we choose organic first. 

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What does biodynamic mean?

Biodynamic agriculture is a system of farming that follows a sustainable holistic approach similar to organic farming.  Using only organic and usually locally sourced materials for soil conditioning and fertilising. Biodynamic agriculture also incorporates astrological influences and views the farm as a closed and diversified ecosystem. 

Biodynamic farming is regulated under the same standard in Australia as organic. 

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