Worldwide, the awareness of using organic agriculture is increasing, so the number of organic producers are on the rise. It is an indication that more and more people are shifting towards the use of clean and nutritious food. This is not only good news for organic producers and their industry stakeholders but also for the sustainability of the whole environment that we thrive in.
What is Organic Agriculture?
In general, organic agricultural produces refer to the produces that are free from harmful chemicals such as pesticides, chemical fertilisers, growth hormones and so on. Once the agriculture produce is harvested, one has to follow proper storing, processing, and transporting to avoid contamination with harmful substances.
With the emergence of COVID-19, the value of organic produces is further intensified. Being nutritious, tasty and believed to boost people’s immune system are some of the special characteristics of organic produces. Here at Everyday Organic, we take the health and safety of our staff and customers very seriously. Our online delivery system is convenient, time-efficient and has a zero-contact policy.
How a producer can certify his/her farm?
To be certified as an organic grower, one has to follow some specific requirements which start from certifying the agriculture land itself. Normally, it takes about three years to convert a conventional farm to an organic farm. An independent and government-authorised body checks and approves the organic certification processes. After this, the applicant gets a licence to grow organic products on his/her farm. As an organic grower, one needs to maintain his/her licence tall the time to stay as a certified organic producer.
Once your farm is certified to grow organic food, you need to follow all the essential steps that an organic producer is supposed to do. But harvesting organic produce is not the last step – you need to take care of your produces during transport and any processing involved to avoid contamination with non-organic substances.
By 2020, Australia’s organic agriculture industry has become worth more than AUS$2.6 billion. The growth rate of the Australian industry is higher than the global average with 16% per year (as compared to 12% for global). The organic industry has soared in the past five years with 22% incremental growth per year. By landmass as well, Australia is a global leader in organic agriculture, attaining 51% of organic agriculture land globally (of the total 181 countries reporting organic agricultural land). Nationally, 8.8% of Australia’s agriculture land practised organic agriculture.
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