Organic food has been a hot topic for some now, but what really is the difference? And, why should you care? Read on to learn the basics on organic food and farming and its benefits for both you and the earth!
Food and ingredients produced via organic farming is food that is as natural as can be. Organic always means:
- No synthetic chemicals, pesticides or herbicides
- Made without artificial colours or preservatives
- Livestock are free to roam
- No routine use of antibiotics
- No genetically modified ingredients (GMOs)
HOW IS ORGANIC FOOD BETTER?
Tossing up between organic and non-organic products? Not sure why organic products are more expensive? Here are just a few reasons why you should shop organic!
It’s more nutritious. Studies have shown that organic food contains more vitamins, minerals and micronutrients than conventionally grown food.
There are no harmful pesticides used. This means no residue on the food you are eating and the farmers are not exposed to constant chemicals - and neither is the earth!
There are no artificial additives. Organic produce has no artificial ingredients, chemical flavourings, MSG or preservatives (including sulphur dioxide).
It tastes better! The careful organic farming practices that emphasise quality over quantity, the better welfare of animals and the lack of any filler ingredients allow the natural flavours of the food to shine through.
HOW DOES ORGANIC FARMING BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT?
Organic food isn’t just better for your health, it is also better for the environment! Organic farming practices:
Prevents the use of toxic chemicals. These chemicals can be damaging to our environment, wildlife and health.
Build healthy soil. Healthy soil is the basis for organic agriculture. Organic farmers use natural resources to maintain healthy soil that can sustain generations.
Encourage biodiversity. Organic farms respect the natural biodiversity of their environment, creating stable habitats for local wildlife and increasing how resilient a farm is to issues like bad weather, disease and pests.
Reduces pollutants in water health. When pesticides and fertilisers are used, damaging runoff can end up in our waterways.
THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
While anyone can claim their product is organic, a certifying logo is your proof that the product you are buying not only talks the talk but walks the walk.
To be certified organic, farmers must undergo audits over a 3-year period and continue to be audited to hold onto the organic certification. The audits are to ensure the growing and manufacturing process is up to Australia’s organic standards and the 3-year period is to ensure full organic compliance.
AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION BODIES
In Australia, there are various organic certification bodies that have been approved by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), such as:
- Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
- NASAA Certified Organic
- The Organic Food Chain
- The Bio-Dynamic Research Institute
- Safe Food Production Queensland
- The Tasmanian Organic Producers
Honest to Goodness products have been certified with ACO, which is the largest and most trusted certifier for organic and biodynamic produce in Australia.
All of our organic products are sourced and handled under strict ACO guidelines, ensuring their organic integrity remains intact. Being certified organic also means that the Honest to Goodness warehouse and production facility are never fumigated, and we continue to have yearly audits to maintain our certification.
Worthington, V. (2001). Nutritional Quality of Organic Versus Conventional Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains. The Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medicine, 7(2), 161-173. doi: 10.1089/107555301750164244