What is Organic farming?
Organic farming is a method of crop/ livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilisers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. It is a system of farming that mimics natural ecosystems that balance pest and beneficial organism populations and maintain and replenish fertility of the soil.
What is Organic certification?
Certification is a procedure through which a third party, the certification body like LACON gives a written assurance that an organisational system, process, person, product or a service complies with requirements specified in a standard. Certification is awarded for a limited period, during which the certification body carries out monitoring.
What are Organic standards?
Organic standards are the set of “rules” which, as a registered organic producer, you must follow, in order to maintain your certificate which will allow you to sell produce as organic.
Is there a difference between "Natural" and "Organic" foods?
Yes. The term "natural" is very broad, and can include organic foods, but not all natural foods are organic. Natural foods are generally minimally processed and free of artificial ingredients, but not necessarily organically grown. The term “organic” is referred, only when it is certified according to the organic standard by an accredited certification body.
What is an Organic Systems Management Plan?
Organic certification requires an Organic Systems Management Plan, also known as an Organic Farm Plan or Organic Handling Plan. These documents portray the entire activities related to the particular operation (production/processing/trade) annually. Organic Systems Management Plans must be updated at least annually in order to maintain certified organic status.