1. Outline the 3 reasons why people chose to eat organically grown foods. - The animals involved are treated humanely and with respect. Free range chickens, pasture fed cattle etc. - Organic farmers and food producers grow and produce food without using synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and artificial fertilisers. - Organic farming is also concerned with protecting the environment and working in harmony with existing ecosystems, including conserving water, soil and energy, and using renewable resources and natural farming cycles.
2. How long does a farm need to operate within the compliance's of organic principles before they can be certified as 'Organic'? Organic farms are only certified after they have been operating according to organic principles for three years. However, the use of the word ‘organic’ is not regulated in Australia, so it is important to make sure that products you buy come from certified growers and producers.
3. List 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages related to organically grown foods. ADVANTAGES - Supporting the fair treatment of animals in a humane way. - They don't have any synthetic chemicals like pesticide and artificial fertilisers - Supporting the conservation and protection of the environment and ecosystems.
4. What is the definition of a product that is labelled 'Organic certified produce'? What is the difference to a product which is labelled 'Natural' or 'Chemical Free'? Organic Certified produce: Means the food was grown, harvested, stored and transported without the use of synthetic chemicals, irradiation or fumigants. Natural foods are not necessarily completely chemical free however the pesticide residues will be considerably lower than those found in produce manufactured with synthetic chemicals. As with the label 'chemical free' it means chemically free.