为了加强澳大利亚的有机农业行业，政府和一些行业代表进行了紧密合作，比如Norco合作有限公司的Greg McNamara先生，通过“农业贸易和市场准入合作”项目（Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation program）提供了17万澳元的资金。
Australian Organics Anyone?
As the date has fallen on Valentine’s Day, Love is the preface to the name of the Symposium. The organics industry decided to be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the 14th February 2018, with the launch of the Love Organic Symposium in Canberra.
Symposium attendees did hear from international and local industry leaders and those without a hot date did get treated to a BBQ dinner at Parliament House on 14 February, Valentine’s Day.
Enough about Valentine’s Day and back to organics. Industry stakeholders did meet to discuss growing exports, reducing barriers to exports and to try to agree on the creation of a new peak representative body that has all the features to reflect the many different aspects of the organics movement and its unique “Australianness” factors.
From a regulatory perspective the Australian Government and in particular its Department of Agriculture would like to have these complex issues sorted.
Consultation on the Australian Government sponsored review of regulation of organic exports closes 23 February 2018 and participants, stakeholders are encouraged to make submissions before the deadline.
Meanwhile in Canberra, attendees to the Love Organic Symposium had their deliberations and debate, raging on, about creating a single voice for the Australian organics sectors, including developing a market access strategy and the regulation of organic exports.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud contributed to the debate with the argument, organic food sales were expected to grow roughly three times faster than overall food sales in the largest markets for organics, including the USA, UK and France.
The Australian Government is clearly interested in higher export earnings and sees organics, with their rapid growth and further potential, as good candidates to help with that goal.
At the moment organics export markets means generally rich countries, where the debate of health food has reached the concept of food for health. Included in this shift is also the concept of ethics, from production, processing right through to disposal of excess and waste. In Australia for example food waste is becoming a political topic. As you would expect recycling comes into play here too.
Back to organics, in the greater EU area organics are at times also called Bio, short for biologically produced. This came about primarily over the debate of fertilizer usage, organic fertilizer versus chemical fertilizer. For example, excessive use of chemical nitrogen fertilizer had led to high residue levels of nitrates in food products. Nitrates are suspected of causing cancer, if at elevated levels in the food supply.
There are many different levels of organics and Bio product standards as well as production standards. This can be confusing at times for the consumer. This problem is being addressed more and more by branding, as product branding and the associated advertising allows the full story to be told to the consumer.
Can of worms?
Many other Governments on the other hand tend to be reluctant to fully support organics, as by circumstance they then could be accused to admit to failings of other products and production methods.
A further aspect is volume and certainty of supply, that still works against organics as it is difficult to match the price point and reliability of the competing non-organics products and production methods.
Australia is well placed to capitalise on the growing love for organics in the high-end food segment, also because Australian farms in general have low levels of pollution and residues in the environment, water and soils.
Some of the world’s largest markets for premium organic produce are right on Australia’s doorstep, specifically the fast-growing metropolises like Singapore, Guangdong and Shanghai come to mind, not to be forgotten should be Tokyo, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All places rich enough and health conscious enough to demand organics.
Australia has almost 4,000 certified organic operators and the Turnbull Coalition Government wants to help grow their export markets.
This government has been working hand in hand with industry representatives, led by Mr Greg McNamara of Norco Cooperative Ltd, to strengthening Austraia’s organic agricultural industries, delivering $170,000 as part of the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation program.
Deloitte, one of the big consulting firms, has been tasked by Government to host the before mentioned public consultation to discuss a review of the regulation of exports of organic products, aimed at improving access for Australian organic products into premium markets.
It would be in interesting to have your views on the complex matters on organics.
Organics or Bio are concepts you understand?
B. Moderately well?
C. Need more info?
D. Not well enough?
E. Don’t care?
Please leave a comment about organics or give your view in more detail!