Freshwater Creek Organic Garlic is 100% Organic Certified by Australian Organic, Certificate No. 1458
1. What is Organic?
To be Certified Organic means to grow or manufacture a product free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics and seed must be non-GM, and the process must be water efficient and biodiversity friendly.
2. What’s the difference between something labelled ‘organic’ and something that is Certified Organic?
When consumers chose a product that carries a certification mark like the Australian Organic Bud logo they are protected by consumer laws. Australian Certified Organic routinely and randomly audits and tests businesses and products that use this logo. Australian Certified Organic is an Australian Government approved certification mark. Products wearing the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo must follow requirements set out in the 100 page Australian Certified Organic Standard.
3. How can I trust it’s really organic?
You can’t trust something is really organic unless it carries a certification logo like Australian Certified Organic. There are seven organic certifying bodies approved by the Australian Government and Australian Certified Organic is one of them. Beware of imitations – there are plenty of products that are marketed as organic but they are not tested or audited.
4. Why does Australian Certified Organic have its own standard?
Because it’s a registered trademark and required to have one by law. Also by having its own Standard Australian Certified Organic has been able to achieve greater market access than any other standards set by the Australian Government or other accredited bodies. This is a credit to the strictness of the Australian Certified Organic Standard.
5. Do organic standards apply to produce once it’s left the farm gate?
Absolutely. Processing and manufacturing sites producing certified organic products are not permitted to use harmful cleaning chemicals and conventional produce must be segregated from Certified Organic produce.
6. How can I start to incorporate organics into my life?
Most people start by buying Certified Organic fresh fruit and vegetables. If you can’t source all your fresh fruit and vegetables organically at least chose Certified Organic fruit and vegetables that you eat the skin of such as strawberries, apples and potatoes, that way you avoid harmful chemical residues. See here for an interesting report about which foods contain the highest levels of residues. It can help you prioritise.
7. How can I reduce the costs of buying organic?
When you chose organic food you are paying the real costs of real food. Organic produce often simply costs more to produce and distribute due to higher labour costs and smaller economies of scale. You can reduce costs by buying in season, buying in bulk and buying straight from farmers at markets.
8. What’s the difference between Certified Organic and ‘natural’ and ‘eco’?
Certified Organic is a regulated industry with set standards in place such as the Australian Certified Organic Standard and national and international standards. Natural and eco don’t fit within any regulations, nor are the claims supervised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Natural claims on food and drink don’t have to be produced under strict standards; to be Certified Organic ingredients or the product must be produced cruelty free, be pasture fed, socially responsible, free range, biodiversity friendly, non GM and grown free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics. Unlike organic there is no consensus about what natural or eco means.
Six reasons to choose Australian Certified Organic
1. It looks after our environment
The Australian Certified Organic Standard prohibits the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Certified organic producers rely on restoring soil fertility by maintaining biological cycles within the farming system through management techniques such as companion planting, minimal tillage and crop rotation.
Organic farming practices also focus on biodiversity protection and land regeneration. Farmers also consider their potential impact on native flora and fauna. Shelterbelt, wetland and remnant vegetation protection is encouraged.
By prohibiting the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals, certified organic farming reduces its impact on the surrounding environment by reducing run-off into nearby waterways. Farms must also demonstrate water efficiency and catchment areas, streams and rivers are monitored and protected to ensure sustainability.
2. It’s the best for animal welfare
Livestock must be free range to be Certified Organic. This means no caged chickens and no sow stalls. Animals must be given a quality of life that allows them to perform natural social and physical functions. Additionally, stocking rates for organic animals are much lower than conventional standards and take into account the condition of the land. For set stocking no more than 1500 birds per hectare is permitted.
Raising organic meat is far more than just making sure animals are free ranging and grass fed, it’s equally about producing cattle without synthetic growth hormones, limiting vaccine use, not using routine antibiotics, breeding using natural methods, stress free weaning that allows for the ethological needs of mothers and young, access at all times to unfiltered sunlight and not using electric prodders as a routine management method. Live export is also prohibited under organically certified operations.
Animal welfare doesn’t just stop when the animals leave the farm, they must also be transported according to strict requirements and processed at Certified Organic abattoirs. Certified Organic abattoirs keep cattle in their social groups, provide comfortable holding pens with feed, water and bedding, don’t kill animals in the line of sight of other animals and render animals unconscious before they’re killed.
3. It’s real food that’s real good for your health
Certified Organic food is real food made without synthetic colourings, preservatives, additives or GM ingredients.
Synthetic food additives are thought to be linked to symptoms such as allergic reactions, asthma, and ADHD.
It’s not good enough to label a processed product as organic just because the primary ingredient is Certified Organic. Certified Organic food and drink must contain a minimum of 95 per cent Certified Organic ingredients. Recipe ingredients are assessed to make sure everything that goes into a certified product is organic or safe to consume.
Strict guidelines are enforced in the production, transportation, processing and manufacturing processes to prevent contamination from conventional food.
4. It’s grown without GM and made without nanotechnology
Australian legislation doesn’t require foods made with genetically modified material to be labelled as such so you’re best way to avoid it is to look for an organic certification logo.
It’s also a good way of avoiding animal by products that might have been produced from animals feeding on GM crops. The crops that are most likely to be genetically modified are corn, soybean, cotton and canola.
Processed foods likely to be genetically modified are corn syrup, corn starch, corn oil, soy lecithin, soy protein, vegetable oil, farmed fish, and animal by-products.
Likewise nanotechnology is also prohibited in the Australian Certified Organic Standard 2013 (4.2.12).
5. Because it’s socially responsible
By buying Australian Certified Organic you are looking after worker’s rights. The Australian Certified Organic Standard upholds the principles of fair trade.
Poor working conditions and child labour issues continue to plague the clothing the clothing industry and some consumers are unaware that cheap clothes come at a cost to people and the environment. Certified Organic textiles and products provide a healthy and ethical alternative.
Australian Certified Organic auditors look for evidence that its certified businesses use fair workplace practices, whether they are picking vegetables or working in retail.industry and some consumers are unaware that cheap clothes come at a cost to people and the environment. Certified Organic textiles and products provide a healthy and ethical alternative.
6. It’s a logo with integrity
Australian Certified Organic has one of the strictest and most thorough food regulatory programs internationally, with each step of production reviewed to ensure that industry regulations are adhered to.
Every Australian Certified Organic logo displayed on organic products has a certification number unique to the producer or processor which allows for traceability throughout the production system. Australian Certified Organic also carry out random audits and product testing on certified products to ensure the authenticity of the Bud logo at all times.
Choosing to support Certified Organic means supporting organic farmers, producers and processors who are doing the right thing for our environment as well as building a sustainable future for all Australians.