The Basic Concept Of Organic Farming

1368 WordsJun 6, 20166 Pages
PART A: The basic concept for organic farming is simple: allow nature to follow its natural path and achieve a natural state to develop sustainable and harmonious enterprises with the environment and community. Organic production is a holistic method of production that involves more than choosing not to use synthetic pesticides, fertilisers, genetically modified organisms (GM) on crops, and growth hormones in livestock. Organic farming is a viable alternative production method to optimise the agro-ecosystem, but there are many challenges. Government regulations standardise organic products in which NASAA Organic Standard (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia) oversees. NASAA’s standards for agricultural products represent organic import, export, and the federal ‘certified organic’ logo. This labelling must by certified by qualified producers and meet guidelines such as containing at least 95% organic ingredients to legally allow retailing. Organic production must also meet other federal (national) regulations set by FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand) and AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service). Not only farmers, but those they work with must abide to organic methods and practices and this makes the process more labor and management intensive. Organic certification is however costly with organic certification fees varying at a rate of $500 - $1000 per farm. This agricultural economics is a common reason farmers choose not to
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