When you choose certified organic products, you’re not only making a better choice for your health, you’re also making a better choice for the environment and are doing your bit to support those working behind the scenes in the organic industry.
Here’s just some of the benefits of choosing certified organic:
You are doing your part for the environment
Organic production aims to work with the environment towards a better future. Focusing on organic, sustainable farming practices, soil health, land regeneration and biodiversity protection, organic farmers take into consideration any potential impact on native flora or fauna on their land. The Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS) prohibits the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides – therefore organic farmers who certify to this standard adhere to these strict rules and help to protect local eco-systems.
Certified organic animals are truly free range
Livestock must be 100% free range to be certified organic. This means zero caged chickens or cattle feed lots. Animals must be given a high standard quality of life that allows them to perform natural social and physical functions. For example, with set stocking systems, no more than 1,500 birds are permitted per hectare for certified organic chickens, whereas non-certified free range can be up to 10,000 per hectare. Under organic standards, animals – including poultry, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle – live, grow and breed naturally in group sizes appropriate to their species. Animals interact as they would in nature, and are provided with ample access to pasture, shade and shelter.
Certified organic food products contain more natural ingredients
Certified organic food products are made without synthetic colourings, preservatives, additives or GM ingredients. This means that they are more natural than their conventional counterparts and give consumers a better guarantee of quality ingredients.
Certified organic beauty is cleaner
All ingredients used in certified organic beauty and skincare products are natural and effective and aren’t tested on animals. Products certified under the ACOS do not use any synthetic colouring agents, fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients, silicones, paraffin or petroleum. If you wouldn’t eat these types of ingredients, then why would you put them on your skin?
Produce is grown without GMOs and made without nanotechnology
Currently, it is not an Australian legislation requirement for foods made with genetically modified material to be labelled as such. The only way to know your product is GM free is to purchase certified organic, which forbids the use of GM ingredients.
Certified organic products are socially responsible
When you purchase certified organic products with the ‘Bud’ logo, you are helping to protect workers’ rights. The ACOS upholds the principles of fair trade and actively promotes fair rights for all those involved in certified organic products – from the growers right through to packaging and handling.
The Bud logo stands for integrity
The Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS) is one of the strictest and most thorough food regulatory standards in the world. Products that adhere to this standard display the ‘Bud’ certification mark. Every single ‘Bud’ product has a certification number unique to the operator and this allows for traceability throughout the production system. Certification bodies also carry out random audits and product testing on certified organic products to ensure the authenticity of the Bud logo, always. Learn more about Certified Organic Standards here
Customers trust the Bud logo, which is displayed on a variety of certified organic products, covering everything from fresh produce and packaged food and beverages, to textiles, cosmetics, cleaning products, bedding, clothing, beauty products, personal hygiene, gardening products and even pet food.
For certified organic products that you can trust, always look for a certification mark.