Or­ganic claims hard to swal­low

Dairy News Australia - - OPINION -

We ap­plaud all meth­ods of farm­ing and innovation in busi­ness. Or­ganic farm­ing is a hard and some­times ex­pen­sive slog, and or­ganic farm­ers earn their pre­mi­ums. How­ever, we do find claims from some in the or­ganic sec­tor a lit­tle hard to swal­low. So we were in­ter­ested to read re­cently that ‘go­ing or­ganic can solve our waste prob­lem’. In a nut­shell, the Cen­tre for Or­ganic Re­search and Ed­u­ca­tion tells us that each Aus­tralian gen­er­ates two tonnes of waste each year but this could be re­duced if peo­ple bought or­ganic food be­cause or­ganic farm­ers use com­post. (We know a few ‘con­ven­tional’ farm­ers that use com­post too.) No doubt there are good sto­ries to pro­mote in the or­ganic in­dus­try, mak­ing du­bi­ous claims doesn’t help the cause.

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