Too many pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in your food? Try eating organic.
Organic food certification requires that crops and livestock are grown and reared naturally, without artificial fertilisers, synthetic pesticides, chemical feeds, growth-promotion drugs or routine antibiotics. As a result, organic produce is chemical-free, often higher in the nutrients and minerals our bodies require, and most importantly, it can taste better. Also, meat derived from free-range and organic farms comes from animals that have been treated more humanely.
How to do it now!
Buy and eat organic food
Organic food is becoming available everywhere. Check your local shops, supermarket and farmers markets, as well as online.
Fruits and vegetables where the organic label matters the most
According to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organisation that analyses the results of government pesticide testing in the United States of America, the following twelve fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels on average. Because of their high pesticide levels when conventionally grown; it is best to buy these varieties as organically grown:
Non-organic fruits and vegetables with low pesticide levels
These conventionally grown fruits and vegetables were found to have the lowest levels of pesticides. Most of these have thicker skin or peel, which naturally protects them better from pests, and which also means their production does not require the use of as many pesticides.
Online organic shops that will deliver the good stuff to your home include:
New South Wales
Harvest Hub - Have a network of "Hubs" in Sydney where you pick up your produce.
Doorstep Organics - Delivery Address: Most Sydney suburbs, Helensburgh, Wollongong and South Coast
Food Connect - Delivery Address: Inner West, Eastern Suburbs, North Shore, Northern Beaches, Ryde, Southern Suburbs
Organic Connections - Delivery Address: Sydney CBD, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, North Sydney, Lower North Shore
Organics Only - Delivery Address: St George area and the Sutherland Shire, Sydney City, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, Northern Beaches and North Shore
Ubergoodness - Delivery Address: Sydney metro
Always Organic Northern Beaches - Delivery Address: Harbour Bridge to Palm Beach
More Health Organics - Delivery Address: Sydney suburbs, North Shore and Hills District
Hunter Organics - Delivery Address: Hunter Valley region
Lettuce Deliver Organics - Delivery Address: Most Sydney Suburbs
Organic Feast - Delivery Address: Newcastle, Port Stephens, Tea Gardens, Lake Macquarie and surrounds, Maitland, Cessnock, Pokolbin, Old Bar, Pacific Palms, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Gosford and the Central Coast.
The Organic Grocer - Delivery Address: Sydney wide, Blue Mountains and Central Coast.
New South Wales and Queensland
Munch Crunch Organics - Delivery Address: From Byron to Brisbane
Organic Farm Share - Delivery Address: Lismore to Brisbane
Kookaburra Organics - Delivery Address: Sunshine Coast, North of Brisbane to Bribie Island and Caboolture
Lilly Pilly Organics - Delivery Address: Rockhampton, Gracemere, Blackwater, Emerald, Yeppoon and Emu Park
Organic and Quality Foods - Delivery Address: Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Emerald, Gladstone, Longreach, Tamborine and Beechmont Regions
Sprout - Delivery Address: Townsville and North Queensland
Ripe ‘n Raw Organics - Delivery Address: Brisbane, Gold Coast & Ipswich
Access Organics - Delivery Address: Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman, Tablelands, Kuranda, Innisfail, Far North Queensland (including Cape York and islands)
Forest Glen Organic Meats - Delivery Address: Caloundra to Noosa, Hinterland, North Brisbane
Green Edge - Delivery Address: Brisbane and surrounds
Fundamental Food Store - Delivery Address: Australia wide via post
Home Fresh Organics - Delivery Address: Brisbane and surrounding areas including Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba
Ecologie Organics - Delivery Address: Limestone Coast region and nationally for dry goods
Organicbox - Delivery Address: Torquay, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Geelong, Hamlyn Heights, Leopold, Ocean Grove, Clifton Springs and other surrounding surburbs.
Organic Origins - Delivery Address: Metro Melbourne and beyond
Organic Empire - Delivery Address: Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Dandenongs, the Bays and Penninsulas
Victoria Organic Delivery - Delivery Address: All Melbourne metro and outer-metro suburbs, as well as major country Victoria areas
Organic Angels - Delivery Address: Most suburbs within a 25km radius of Melbourne CBD and courier to other suburbs and some country areas
Organic Wholefoods - Delivery Address: Melbourne Metropolitan area, can ship dry goods Australia wide
Mister Nice Guy - Delivery Address: 5km of Melbourne CBD
Baycity Online - Delivery Address: Melbourne
Organic Direct - Delivery Address: Melbourne Metro
Organic Oz - Delivery Address: Melbourne
Viva Las Vegies - Delivery Address: South Gippsland and Bass Shires
Organic n Green - Delivery Address: Perth and country WA
Freshline Organics - Delivery Address: Perth and country WA
The Organic Collective - Delivery Address: Perth, Fremantle, Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury, Mandurah.
Perth Organics - Delivery Address: Perth metro and surrounding suburbs
Mimsbrook Biodynamic Organic Food Store - Delivery Address: Byford, Befordale, Brookdale, Darling Downs, Mount Richon, Mount Nasura, Seville Grove, Wungong
Wembley Supa IGA - Delivery Address: Perth and surrounding areas
Greenies Real Food - Delivery Address: Darwin area and nationwide courier for dry goods
The Australian Organic Food Directory can also lead you in the right direction.
Organic Labeling in Australia
According to the ACCC "There is a voluntary Australian standard for growers and manufacturers wishing to label their products ‘organic’ and ‘biodynamic’ (AS 6000–2009). This standard is a useful reference point when determining whether a product is organic."
In addition, there are currently 7 Organic Certifiers that are accredited by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry (DAFF). These are The DAFF accredited certifying bodies and their logos:
*There are also two certification bodies that work domestically and are not controlled by DAFF. These are Organic Growers of Australia who is accredited by the International Organic Accreditation Service and SAI Global which is accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JASANZ).
The Organic Federation of Australia is working with the Federal Government to establish a single National Organic Seal in Australia.
Why is this action important?
Eating organic food helps negate climate change by using less transport and industrial energy, reducing nitrogen release into the environment (organic farming doesn't use artificial or synthetic fertilisers) and minimising salinity and soil loss caused by hard-hoofed animals and intensive farming methods. Organic farming has a positive impact on local ecosystems and biodiversity and can even help improve the local environment. Organic food is better for you - try it and taste the difference!
Organic produce is a more environmentally beneficial form of farming because it doesn't require energy-intensive farming methods and avoids heavy use of fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It works with, rather than against, local biological and environmental systems and species, and also builds soil mass - a very effective way to store carbon from the atmosphere, and therefore slows climate change.
Organic food is better for you. It's higher in nutrients, lower in artificial additives and is free of genetic modification, preservatives and unnatural chemicals. Free-range organic eggs, indigenous meats (such as kangaroo) and native fruits and vegetables all have minimal impacts on the land.