The term ‘Certified Organic’ means a product has been through a strict certification process and has met the requirements of an approved certification Standard, such as the National Standard for Organic and Bio-dynamic Produce or the Australian Certified Organic Standard. Brands and/or businesses are then audited annually to ensure they continue to meet the strict requirements of the Standard.

In Australia, certified organic always means:

  • Sustainable and regenerative
  • Synthetic herbicide, pesticide and chemical free
  • Free range and no artificial additives or hormones
  • All GMOs are prohibited

There’s a difference between ‘organic’ and ‘certified organic’ in Australia

Did you know that currently in Australia, there is no regulation for the term ‘organic’? This means that a product can be labelled ‘organic’ even if it has not been through organic certification. Due to our nation’s lack of domestic regulation, you might find products with as little as 2% organic ingredients with an organic claim on their labelling.

The only way to guarantee that your product is authentically organic is to look for a certification mark such as the Australian Certified Organic ‘Bud’ logo.

Organic Fast Facts

  • Organic foods can be more nutritionally dense than conventional and contain no synthethic chemical residues
  • Organic farms focus on building healthy soil, which stores carbon and increases drought resilience
  • Organic animals are truly free to range on organic pastures
  • Battery farming and feedlots are strictly prohibited under organic certification
  • Organic farms must reserve at least 5% of their farmland for natural habitats to promote biodiversity
  • It can take up to 3 years before a producer can become fully ‘Certified Organic’
  • GMO ingredients are not allowed under organic standards
  • Australian consumers should look for an organic certification logo when buying organic

Want to learn more?

Want to learn more about what certified organic means? Click on the links below to find out more.

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