Is organic food really organic? Maybe, maybe not

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Looking at buying organic fruit and vegetables, the cost makes people think. Are we really getting organic food? How do I know if organic is organic? What if my farm supplier is located at downstream while the upstream farm is not organic hence water running to my organic farm is contaminated? 

Just what is organic? Organic farmers must produce food without using pesticides or artificial fertilisers for three years in order to become certified with ACO. They do not use genetically modified (GM) components or expose food to irradiation. Australians buy organic food for reasons of  health, ethical and environmental consideration. Retailers in Australia offer organic produce including fruit and vegetables, dairy products, eggs, dried legumes, grains, honey, processed foods and some meat products.

How can we protect organic crops? Our solution is to monitor and test surrounding water supplies.

The ISCO 6712 Portable sampler partnered with a Eureka Manta water quality multiprobe, ensures that water running into an  organic farm is tested and monitored. The sampler is programmed to take water samples when water quality measurements by the Eureka is out of the range. Once the pH, DO, turbidity, nitrate and temperature level changes, we recommend sending the sample to a local laboratory for further water quality testing. With this method, organic farms can provide a proven result for their organic fruit and vegetables. Such food is therefore considered purely organic – Free from any pollution or chemical contaminants from any farms nearby.

Need information for a solution like this?
Our Evironmental team would love to hear from you
Phone free call AUS 1800 251 799 and free call NZ 0800 651 700

Serious about your organic business? Here’s how to become Australian Certified Organic.

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