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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, tastes better. Also, meat derived from free-range and organic farms comes from animals that have lived well.

How to do it now!

Buy and eat organic food. Organic food is becoming available everywhere - so check your local shops, supermarket and farmers markets, as well as online.

Online organic shops that will deliver the good stuff to your home include:

Organic fruit and vegetables are also available at the following local producers:

  • Berry Hill Fruit Farm
    Berries available in season. Jams, plants and vegetables also available.
    21-27 School Rd, Erica
  • Clearview Farm
    Organic farm with apple orchard, free-range poultry and restaurant serving country food.
    Van Ess Road, Ferndale, via Warragul
  • Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes
    Fresh red hydroponic tomatoes.
    318 Copelands Road, Warragul
  • Sunny Creek Fruit and Berry Farm
    Certified organically-grown berries, apples and chestnuts, freshly picked or pick-your-own. Jams and frozen berries year round.
    69 Tudor Road, Childers
  • Ameys Track Blueberries
    Blueberries, raspberries and hazelnuts available in punnets.
    670 Ameys Track, Foster
  • Garfield Berry Farm
    Fresh berries available November to April.
    Lot 1, Princes Highway, Garfield

If your business specialises in organic fruit, vegetables or other produce and is not listed here, please register your interest by contacting Latrobe City Council on 1300 367 700.

The Australian Organic Food Directory can also lead you in the right direction.

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 Sates 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:

Apples Cherries Nectarines
Capsicum / Peppers Grapes Peaches
Carrots Kale Pears
Celery Lettuce Strawberries

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.

Asparagus Eggplant Pineapple
Avocado Kiwi Peas (sweet)
Broccoli Mango Sweet Potatoes
Cabbage Onion Tomatoes
Corn (sweet) Papaya Watermelon

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!