Learn how to save seed

February 12, 2014

Organic seed is difficult to source and buy so learning how to grow and save your own might help. Castlereagh Seed Savers is holding a sustainable farming and seed growing expo March 29, 30 and 31 in Mudgee, New South Wales. The event features Stuart Andrews from Natural Sequence Farming, Dr David Murray, a botanist,…

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Why you should fall in love with organic chocolate this Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2014

When it comes to buying chocolate for your loved one why not make an ethical choice? The difference between conventional and organic chocolate is in the cacao bean. Currently, the majority of cacao beans are imported and it’s sometimes criticised for inequitable returns to growers. Australian Certified Organic’s Senior Certification Officer Jorge Larranaga says, “With organic…

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Member tour, AGM, annual dinner, Nov 29

November 28, 2013
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Online Christmas Bake-along – December 8

November 27, 2013

Fire up the oven and be part of Australia’s first ever virtual Bake-along. It’s all about helping Kialla Pure Foods celebrate a quarter of a century in organic grain milling. Join specialist cake baker Gillian Bell as she shows you how to cook a delicious Christmas cake and talks about the benefits of using Australian…

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Exemptions Available For Organic Drought Cattle

November 8, 2013

Australian Certified Organic cattle producers from Queensland’s drought declared areas are eligible for exemptions to the Australian Certified Organic Standard. Exemptions allow producers to source conventional supplies of supplementary feed – that don’t contain prohibited substances – without losing their organic status for the domestic market. “We recognise that drought places enormous stress on organic…

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Annual General Meeting And Networking Dinner

November 7, 2013

Australian Organic would like you to join us on 29 November in Melbourne for our Annual General Meeting and networking dinner. Bus Tour There will be an optional bus tour to certified organic businesses in the Melbourne area, departing 7am from the Vibe Savoy Hotel, 630 Little Collins St, returning 12 noon. This tour is free for…

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Make Sure You Get Truly Free Range

October 15, 2013

Shoppers who buy certified organic not only get truly free range eggs, they’re also buying eggs that are produced without artificial colour additives, antibiotics and synthetic agrichemicals. This reminder comes in the wake of CHOICE filing a ‘super complaint’ to the NSW Fair Trading Minister calling for the standardisation of labelling for free-range eggs, and…

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Australian Certified Organic advises clients exporting to the United States to continue business as normal.

October 2, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture has put a contingency plan in place for its agencies, affecting the operations of the National Organic Program, NOP. NOP is shutting down its nonessential operations and says its services could be delayed or interrupted. According to the latest information received by Australian Certified Organic, these events are not…

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Top stories from Australian Organic magazine

September 26, 2013

The first issue of Australian Organic has just been released to its members. If you are interested in republishing or covering any of the stories below please let us know. EXPORTING ORGANIC TO CHINA Food contamination scandals and environmental issues have changed food buying habits of the rising Chinese middle class, which perceives imported food to be…

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ACO producer wins Farmer of the Year

September 16, 2013

Congratulations to certified organic producers Matthew and Mel Carter from Myall Springs, NSW, for taking out the Livestock Producer of the Year award at the Farmer of the Year awards. Their property is a stunning example of grazing using native grasses. It’s also open to the public for camping, bird watching or gatherings. The Carters…

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