Tips when buying your organic food and groceries
Because organic produce is becoming more available, it is well worth looking on supermarket shelves for organic products before reaching for conventional products.
Buying organic fruit & vegetables
Buying organic produce when it is season will help you shop for organic produce more economically.
Local organic grocers will advise you on what is in season or what to buy in bulk, and it is well worth subscribing to a newsletter or product list if they have one for tips on what is available in their store and when.
Rather than deciding on what you want to cook and then shopping for the ingredients, being open to planning a meal based on what products you find in season or that are discounted can help to save on shopping bills.
Buying organic meat and animal products
To buy more economically, it is well worth understanding and cooking the correct portions of meat for a healthy diet. For example, the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend an average of 65 grams of lean red mead per day.
There are significant differences in the way that many conventional animal products are produced compared to organic animal products.
Importantly, one of the key differences in organic animal products such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products is that they are produced without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones.
Feedlots are not part of organic production systems.
Animal welfare is the first principle for organic farmers. If an animal becomes sick and requires conventional veterinary intervention for meat production, the animals loses its certification. For animal products, such as eggs and milk, the animal is quarantined and only returned to the organic system after a prescribed period of time when the pharmaceuticals are no longer present.
For more information, also read the section on organic dairy.
Buying organic seafood
The important issue about organic seafood is that it is produced and harvested sustainably in accordance with organic Principles and Standards.
It is common practice for conventionally-farmed fish grown in overcrowded conditions to be given antibiotics to prevent disease.
If you are looking to buy organic seafood, the best place to start is searching online or to speak to your local organic retail shop.
Buying organic dairy, dairy alternatives & eggs
In Australia, dairy products are often the most frequently purchased organic food.
Additionally, there is currently no legal definition of ‘free range eggs’ in Australia.
Naturally we recommend to always buy Certified Organic eggs. You will know for certain that the birds and eggs have been raised in a sustainable and humane manner. We also recommend that you buy organic dairy products.
Organic animals roam freely outdoors and eat organic grass, hay or other feeds without the use of additional feeds that are conventionally grown and have the potential to contain chemical residues or genetically modified grain, corn or soy.
The following search facility may help you find an organic retail shop in your area – Search for Certified Organic products and producers.