Greenwashing a threat to Oz organic food industry: report

The latest Australian Organic Market Report has shown that our demand for organic produce has outstripped supply. The study, commissioned by Australian Organic, has shown that organic operations have grown five percent between 2015 and 2016 with 2,075 certified organic producers, 1,163 certified processors and 513 certified handlers in Australia in 2016. Researchers found there was a remarkable export growth of organic produce from Australia with exports seeing a phenomenal rise of 17 percent in 2016.

However, there are some threats to the industry, most notably the practice of “greenwashing”. Continue reading “Greenwashing a threat to Oz organic food industry: report”

Podcast one step closer!

One of the big things we set out to achieve when we launched the RFC website was to produce a high standard podcast on a single topic each fortnight. (We may vary this depending on what you — the listener — suggest!). Based on chat and interviews with guests, the podcast will consist of a range of subjects and questions of interest to you, the consumer (or potential consumer) of organic food. Continue reading “Podcast one step closer!”

Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets

Farmers marketsWherever you live in Australia, you’re bound to be close to a farmers’ market. These are the vibrant community spaces where everyone from local producers to backyard amateurs get the chance to sell their (mostly) organic produce. There is usually entertainment, events for kids, great coffee, and of course many, many food stalls (depending on the size of the market). It’s an event that brings the community together. Just as importantly though, it’s a great place to save money on organic food. Continue reading “Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets”

UK sees dramatic boost in organic food sales in 2016

News Information Newsletter NewspaperAccording to the United Kingdom’s the Soil Association, sales of organic food in the country grew by 7.1 percent to £2.09 billion ($3.38 billion). The association’s Organic Report, published in February, found organic now accounts for 1.5 percent of the total UK food and drink market.

The strong growth reflects recent findings from research group England Marketing that showed 39 percent of British shoppers bought organic food and drink regularly and 80 percent said they had some knowledge of organic food and how it was produced. Continue reading “UK sees dramatic boost in organic food sales in 2016”

Dig dandelions for a scrumptious roasted brew

Margaret Paton harvesting dandelions
Margaret Paton harvesting dandelions

The definition of a weed is an unwanted plant competing with other, more desired plants such as vegetables, flowers or grass. But what if you could turn it into something useful (and tasty)?

Margaret Paton, a freelance writer from the Central West of NSW, permaculture enthusiast, forager extraordinaire and organic foods fan shows how — with a touch of ingenuity and a bit of effort — you can turn a block of dandelion weeds into a delicious, nutritious and heartwarming tea. All while doing your bit for community service by clearing the land!
Continue reading “Dig dandelions for a scrumptious roasted brew”