Organic food FAQ

What does the term “organic” mean?

Organic simply means produce and other ingredients that are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetically modified organisms or ionising radiation. When it comes to animals, it also means meat, eggs, pultry and dairy products that have not been influenced by growth hormones or antibiotics.

How do I know if something is organic?

Look for certified organic products. A label for the Organic Retailers’ and Growers’ Association of Australia should be easy to spot. Make sure you are not fooled by packaging claiming the product is ‘chemical free’ or ‘natural’ – if it doesn’t have certification, it’s not organic.

Why does organic cost more?

It is not always the case that organic food costs more, and organic food is projected to come down in cost over time as it becomes more popular. At the moment, higher costs can be attributed to the higher cost of growing of organic foods. Organic farming is generally more labour and management intensive.

Does organic food taste better?

That’s up to you to decide! Thousands of gourmet chefs across the planet are turning to organic foods because they appreciate quality and recognise the outstanding possibilities of organic food. The soil food is grown in greatly affects its taste, and organic food is grown in top quality soil.

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