Australia’s peak industry body for the organic sector, Australian Organic Limited, has announced the appointment of highly regarded winemaker and business owner, Mike Brown as Board Chair. With more than two decades in the wine industry, Mr Brown, with his wife Melissa, own Gemtree Wines, an award-winning certified organic winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia. In 2020, Mr Brown was appointed to the AOL board to provide expert advice on the major organic producing sectors of viticulture and winemaking.
A Queensland strawberry farmer, the head of Australia’s largest organic mushroom producer, and a Victorian dairy company were among 10 award winners at the 8th Australian Organic Industry Awards on Friday night. Held at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in Lovedale, NSW, peak industry body Australian Organic Limited (AOL) announced the night’s honourees, who collectively span an impressive and diverse range of certified organic products from fresh produce, dairy and meat, to pantry items and pharmaceutical ingredients.
Research released last week showing 8% of Australian people in a test population had traces of weed killer glyphosate in their urine has further brought to light the need for consumers to be aware of chemical use in the food supply chain. The research, conducted by the University of Queensland, comes after earlier reports in the media highlighting a number of concerns surrounding the limited understanding of the amount of chemicals on produce.
Australia's vibrant and growing organic industry and the broad-reaching benefits of choosing to buy organic are again being celebrated this September during Australian Organic Awareness Month. Each year, as the season turns from winter to spring, the spotlight shines on the advantages of going organic, from the health-conscious buyer wanting to eliminate unnatural chemicals in their diet to supporting the market-leading work of producers in animal welfare and environmental stewardship.
In light of renewed biosecurity threats for Australian farms, AOL has placed an order for more visitor signs branded with the Bud logo. The signs will remind visitors to consider biosecurity threats before entering the property, as well as informing guests that they are entering a certified organic property or paddock where specific treatment and harvesting practices may be in place.
Australian Organic Limited’s inaugural Conference was held in Brisbane on 21-22 July, with approximately 200 delegates gathering to discuss change and transformation in the organics industry. The two-day event covered a breadth of pressing topics in the organics space, including supply chains & traceability, climate change, sustainable packaging, soil & biologicals, consumer trends and much more.
Important update from the National Coordination Mechanism unit in the Home Affairs Department on ongoing work to secure supplies of AdBlue and ensure they are distributed across the country.
As the staff-exacerbated food shortages continue around Australia, AOL brings members an update to make sure you understand what is allowed under the new rules for your organic business, and if it is considered critical food and grocery production, manufacturing, logistics and distribution facilities.
Australian Organic are looking for lifestyle images of members and certified operators to feature in the Australian Organic Market Report 2021. Across all sectors and states, we're looking for a variety of lifestyle images to represent the diversity of the Australian organic industry.