Organic food has been a topic for a while now, but what 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!
What you can expect from organic ingredients?
- 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)
Trying to figure out between choosing organic and non-organic? Why is organic so much more expensive than non-organic? It can drive you a little crazy. Here are a few reasons why to shop organic
It’s more nutritious. There are many studies that have shown that organic food contains more vitamins, minerals and micronutrients than conventionally grown food.
There are no harmful pesticides used in growing. This means no toxic residue on the food you are eating, and the farmers do not use toxic chemicals or pesticides.
There are no artificial additives. Organic produce has no artificial ingredients, chemical flavourings, MSG or preservatives (including sulphur dioxide).
NON-GMO – The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. So you are safe in choosing organic foods.
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.
THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
Can anyone claim their product is organic? Short answer is yes, but a product with a certifying logo is your proof that the product you are buying is actually organic
To be certified organic, farmers must undergo a rigorous audit over a 3-year period plus continue to be audited over time 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: