Posted 22 November 2016
A decade ago, the global organic food industry was quietly motoring along at a steady pace. It was a niche field, with most consumers opting for much cheaper conventionally-grown food. However, a number of food scares, concerns about genetically modified food and greater general health awareness has seen the organic farming industry shift up through the gears. The Weekly Times discusses further.
Certification of All Stages of the Organic Chain
Posted 11 February 2016
To advise that all stages of the organic chain, including importers and wholesale traders, must be inspected and certified for organic products that are then exported from Australia to Europe.
Posted 4 June 2014
Australian Organic, which owns the Australian Certified Organic logo, says The Steve Marsh GMO farming legal decision highlights the difficulties legislation has in keeping up with new technologies and is calling for a review of GMO laws.
A farmer accused of contaminating his neighbour's crops with genetically modified canola has won a landmark case. Michael Baxter was being sued by his neighbour, Steve Marsh, an organic certified farmer who alleged his farm in the Great Southern region was contaminated by GM material blown onto his property from Mr Baxter's land
Posted 21 March 2014
Good news for the local industry with The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) won Chinese approval to certify export produce in Australia.
Posted 18 February 2014
In a landmark case being globally monitored, farmer Steve Marsh is suing his former friend Michael Baxter over the 2010 contamination, which cost Mr Marsh his organic certification and an estimated $85,000 in earnings.
Australia's Largest Organic Poultry Farm Sold
Posted 27 November 2013
Australia's largest organic poultry farm with over 80% local market share has been sold to a family-owned agribusiness group in Southern Queensland.
Posted 31 October 2013
In this piece from the ABC, local Australian producers call for more research into organic agriculture, to assist Western Australia's organic farmers. The national grower body Australian Certified Organic now estimates the farm gate value of organics in WA to be almost $20 million, with the retail value more than $100 million.
Posted September 11, 2013
News from BRW on a new business based around organic and ethically produced products "Organic opportunities in national health kick". Also contains some informative stats on the size of the organic market in Australia.