The certified organic difference
The world market for Certified Organic products grew from US$15.2 billion in 1999 to $63 billion in 2012, in response to growing world consumer demand and rejection of foods grown with artificial products involving transgenic GMOs and chemicals.
Organic food production is founded on the principle of producing food in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way, through soil regeneration, water conservation and animal welfare; and minimising the negative known or reasonably possible impacts. Certification practices include:-
- promoting biodiversity by growing a variety of crops
- preventing soil erosion and improving soil quality
- conserving energy,
- protecting wildlife, stream banks and watersheds
- avoiding the use of synthetic or artificially-produced pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers or GMOs (genetically modified, transgenic organisms).
Australia has 12.0 million hectares of Certified Organic land, nearly a third of the world’s 37.5 million hectares. Sustainable and organic practices are science-based and taught at tertiary institutions throughout the world, including Australia.
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