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What is organic food?

Organic agriculture uses environmentally friendly farming methods. Not only are organic foods good for the environment, they are healthier and tastier too.

The main features of organic farming include the following.

  1. Organic farming avoids artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
  2. Organic farmers rely on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops>/li>
  3. Organic animals are reared and to high animal welfare standards, without the routine use of drugs and antibiotics.
  4. Organic farming bans the use of GE organisms.

The term “organic” is carefully controlled by a number of certification bodies that check and enforce high environmental standards. In Australia, look out for organic certification symbols from one of these bodies.

Going organic can be a way of life — organic clothing, cosmetics, gardening products and even restaurants can all be found, and all of them are GE-free.

For more information on going organic, see Clean Food Organic’s guide.

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