What is Organic Food?
The word "Organics" is used to describe food which has been grown without the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides. Organic food is grown by working with nature rather than against it, by recycling natural materials to maintain soil fertility and encouraging natural methods of pest and disease control, rather than relying on chemicals.
Organic farming recognises that nature has been successful in sustaining life for millions of years so the basic principle of organic farming closely follows those in the natural world.
Certified Organic products are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). It is an innovative method of farming and production and is increasingly being recognised as being on the leading edge of food and fibre technology into the future.
For a Organic Product to be labeled as such it is not just about being "chemical free". It also encompasses both how the product is grown and how it is handled. The whole system is linked - soil, plants, animals, food, people and the environment.
The standards used to achieve organic certification are internationally recognised. All providers of certified organic goods are subjected to annual audits by an independent third party auditor.