Food that has been grown without the routine use of agricultural chemicals such as: fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, growth regulators, or colour / flavour enhanchers.
It is also food that has been processed from organic produce, without synthetic additives like: stabilisers, emulsifiers, antioxidants, preservatives, colourants, etc.
One of the biggest differences between conventional and organic food production is the equirement for certification. Organic certifiers represent the consumer, and provide the guarantee that the producer has complied with a detailed set of strict standards and rules.
Within New Zealand there are several ways of labelling certified organic products, including Bio-Gro label, Certenz label (Agriquality), Demeter label (Biodynamic agriculture), OrganicFarmNZ label.
BFA - Biological Farmers Association - Australia
BIOAGRICERT -Italian organic certificationÂ
BIOLOGICO - Italian organic certificationÂ
BOLICERT - BoliviaÂ
COFA â€“ California Organic Foods Act 1950Â
ECO/BIOAGRI - BrazilÂ
ECOCERT - FranceÂ
ECOCERT ITALIA - ItalyÂ
FVO - Farm Verified Organic - USAÂ
IFOAM - International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements - GlobalÂ
IMO - SwitzerlandÂ
MAFF - Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - UKÂ
OCIA - Organic Crop Improvement Association - USAÂ
OFA - Organic Federation of AustraliaÂ
OPAM - Organic Producers of Manitoba - CanadaÂ
QAI - Quality Assurance International - GlobalÂ
SKAL-EKO - International Inspection & Certification Organisation - GlobalÂ
TIMOR ORGANIC - Government of East Timor / NASAA aligned.
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