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What Does It ACTUALLY Mean To Be ‘Certified Organic’?

By October 12, 2019Lifestyle
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You may have noticed that we throw the term ‘Certified Organic‘ around a fair old bit. And there’s a pretty big reason behind that.

Munch Crunch Organics was created on the basis that everyone should be able to access and enjoy real, nutritious food that is good for them, good for those who grow it, and good for Mother Nature.

Our mission is to offer all Aussies affordable access to truly organic, sustainably sourced seasonal food that supports our local farmers and looks after our planet.

Whilst many companies claim to be ‘organic‘, there’s only one way to truly know that they are practicing what they preach. And that’s whether they are Certified Organic.

We became 100% Australian Certified Organic back in 2008 and have been committed to these standards since.

What is an Australian Organic Certification?

The Australian Certified Organic Standard is one of the most respected and rigorous standards in the world for organic production, and is published by organic industry not-for-profit representative group, Australian Organic.

ACO is approved and accredited to act as a certifier in Australia by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as compliant to the National standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce. This certification ensures compliance with national and international production standards too.

Maintaining and adhering to ACO standards is as important as applying for the certification in the first place. Regular checks and measures are carried out to ensure all areas of the business comply with ACO’s requirements, with strict measures taken if they do not. As such, we have an extremely close relationship with our farmers, packers and delivery drivers to ensure that everyone works to these standards.

What is expected of an ACO company?

Organics is not just ‘chemical free’. It is a whole systems or holistic means of growing and handling food and plants. The whole system is linked – Soil. Plants. Animals. Food. People. Environment.

When you order a Munch Crunch Organics delivery, you can rest assured knowing that our Certified Organic food is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMO’s, protecting you and our farmlands from nasty toxins.

At a minimum (from ACO’s very detailed 100 page document!) Certified Organic address the following:

  • Fertility and soil management
  • Pest, disease and weed management
  • Biodiversity and environmental management
  • Water management
  • Contamination prevention management
  • Record-keeping system including monitoring practices (e.g., for soil fertility, salinity, etc.)
  • Livestock feed, health and welfare management
  • What does this mean for me?

 

How do I know something is ACO?

Without a certification, consumers can’t be sure that a brand claiming to be organic has truly upheld the standards of organic farming, and are unable to know exactly what is being used in growing their food.

As a ‘consumer’ (or Munch Crunch fam-bam-er as we prefer) .

By recognising the standards farmers must adhere to to gain their certification, it helps us to learn more about sustainable food production, and understand why Certified Organic generally costs more. That way, we are prepared to pay a fair price for the guarantee that the organic produce we purchase is supporting farmers who implement ecologically sustainable practices and look after the environment we all share.

There are two simple ways you can check to see whether a company or product is Certified Organic:

  1. Look out for the ACO ‘BUD’ Logo, which can only be used on packaging for products which have achieved certification (see below).
  2. Head to the ACO online register and search for products and operators yourself! Every certified company has their own license number (ours is 12406) that you can check too.

 

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