What does Organic produce mean?

At Organika we have your health and wellness in mind and with our fresh produce, and all of our products in store, we do the research for you so that when you shop, you shop with peace of mind. We dive in and ask all the need-to-know questions of all our farmers and suppliers. All of our fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables are either certified organic or organically grown.

In Australia, there are seven organic certifying bodies approved by the Australian Government and for food and produce to be certified organic, they must comply with the requirements of organic certification standards prescribed by these bodies.

For produce to be certified organic under the Australian Certified Organic Standard, a farmer must ensure that their farming practices and the cultivation of their land meets strict organic certification standards. Among many requirements, this includes that any substances used to protect their produce from pests and insects are approved by ACO.

While organic farmers and food producers grow and produce food without using synthetic pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilisers, other naturally occurring pesticides or herbicides are permitted for use in organic farming. So it is still important to remember to wash all fruit and vegetables before consumption. 
Organic certification can be an expensive process and unfortunately, it makes it hard for small local organic farmers. In the absence of organic certification, when something is described as organic or organically grown, it usually means that the farmer or grower has the best intentions and organic, chemical-free practices are used. 

However, because it is much less regulated than something that is certified organic, when buying produce that is described as organically grown, it’s always good to ask questions about how the produce has been grown, the farm that the produce is from and what farming practices are used there.

The terms “pesticide-free” and “spray free” are often used yet there is no regulation of these terms. Unfortunately, this means that these terms can sometimes be used in a misleading way. For example, if something is labelled “spray-free”, the crop may have been spared from being sprayed with a chemical pesticide, but the soil could have been primed with artificial fertiliser. When buying produce with these descriptions, it is most important to ask questions about the produce. 

At Organika, we ask all these questions of our farmers and suppliers so that you don’t have to. All of our fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables are either certified organic or organically grown. We have close relationships with our suppliers and know their farms and farming practices well. 

For any questions or more information on any of our produce, feel free to come and chat to our team.