Organic Food and Beverages
Buy Organics: Where and How?
Organic New Zealand Food
In New Zealand, organic food production is a healthy and growing food market segment. Around the world, people are realizing that organic food advantages are significant to the environment and people; and they are realizing the many benefits of a more natural and healthy lifestyle.
Consumers are spending more than $60 billion a year (as of June 2011) on organic products from countries across the globe. And the market is expected to grow to $70 billion US globally by 2015. Many of these international markets are experiencing growth of at least 20% each year.
New Zealand Food Production
New Zealand is no different than the rest of the world; organic food is growing in importance as the impact of climate change is felt world-wide, and as countries begin to look for healthier solutions to growing and producing food.
Organic food in New Zealand is a $330 million dollar market (and growing), with domestic consumption nearly twice that of organic exports. This figure accounts for 1.1% of all food sales in the country, which is considerably lower than the average 3% found in most European countries. There are a number of organic food suppliers who export outside of New Zealand. Food suppliers (organic) such as Ooooby, which means out of our own backyards, carry a wide range of fruits and vegetables and have local food delivery services in their markets.
If you would like to refer or recommend a New Zealand organic food supplier, please contact us with the information. We'll check out the reference and add it to our suppliers list if appropriate.
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The Future of Organic in New Zealand Food Markets:
What Foods are Healthy?
A tremendous increase in land available for organic crops, as well as livestock, coupled with a growing consumer awareness concerning the health and environmental benefits of an organic lifestyle have resulted in a consistent rate of growth for the New Zealand organic market.
Sales are estimated to hit the $1 billion mark by no later than 2013. Consumers are increasing their consumption of organic food for a number of reasons, according to a recent study conducted by Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ). 65 percent of people choose to buy certified organic food because they understand that organic systems help the environment, while others eat organic for the personal health benefits and simply because organically grown foods are more flavourful.
There are other factors attributing to the rapid growth of the organic sector in recent years. An OANZ initiated project providing funding for studies and training for farmers interested in converting to organic methods is proposed to create hundreds of new organic farms each year.
There are also more concise standards in place to regulate organic production within the domestic market, meaning consumers feel safer about buying organic products.
AsureQuality: Organic Certification Standards
for New Zealand Agriculture
In October of 2007, two of the leading organic certification agents in New Zealand merged to provide consumers and suppliers with a more regulated market, enforced with consistent inspections and a uniform standard.
Asure and AgriQuality combined to create AsureQuality, the leading certification agent in the country. The AsureQuality label assures buyers that the organic food they purchase is truly organic, free of chemicals and grown using natural methods that protect the planet. Organic farms can produce their products knowing that this label can not be used by farms and producers that fail to comply with the organic standard, limiting unworthy competition and increasing confidence in organic products.
The AsureQuality organic standard regulates all phases of food production, from planting to transporting. Organic certification requires a production process that protects limited natural resources while benefiting the surrounding environment, including soil fertility and the air and water quality.
Toxic substances, including pesticides, fertilizers, and common food additives, are not allowed in any step of production and natural materials are required whenever possible.
Certified organic production facilities must keep accurate records of their methods and practices to continue their certification. Regular inspections ensure compliance with the standard in place and have been a tremendous boost to the organic New Zealand food sector.
New Zealand has a healthy interest in producing natural, organic food for a global market: organic food advantages include that it's good for the environment and for the economy. Support your local food market.
Return from Organic New Zealand Food to the Organic Food Site Map to find more information on organic food advantages.
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What's New: Grow, Shop, Cook and Eat Organic
Natural Soil Aeration
Soil with a good population of worms in it is a healthy soil. If your existing soil has plenty of worms then you just need to keep them happy while your vegetables grow.
Worms in your soil keep it aerated and maintain a functioning drainage system. Worms are, in effect, tilling your soil.
Worms do not destroy the soil structure or pollute the environment with petrol fumes and residues (as heavy machinery do).
By creating space with their burrowing, worms allow air to circulate, water to drain, and roots to grow.
More on Worms: What do Worms Eat?
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