What is certified organic?

Organic produce is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or GMOs with a focus on environmentally sustainable practices.
Organic systems are an innovative method of farming and production focused on soil and land health, and balanced eco-systems. Techniques used in organic agriculture deliver a diverse range of benefits and their potential is increasingly being recognised in the development of sustainable food and fibre technology for the future.

Organic food is not just chemical-free. Organic farmers take a holistic approach to food production and handling, and the whole system is linked – Soil. Plants. Animals. Food. People. Environment. Health.

What is “Organic in Conversion”?

Farmers require a minimum of three years of organic management before they can carry a certification stating “A-level Organic” or “A-Grade Organic”.

There is a transitional certificate called “In Conversion to Organic” or “Organic in Conversion”, which can be borne after the first 12 months of organic production until this three-year period is complete.
In both instances, foods bearing either label confirm that those products are being produced organically on farm, but the “In Conversion” product has come from a farm that has been in the organic certification program and been producing organically for less time.

What is bio-dynamic farming?

A healthy, well-structured soil, rich in humus and high in biological activity is a prerequisite for any sustainable agricultural system. Decades of experience with the Biodynamic method on Australian farms have shown that these soil qualities can be promoted and degradation reversed by the correct application of Biodynamic techniques.
Biodynamic practitioners seek to understand and work with the life processes as well as enhance their understanding of the mineral processes used in conventional agriculture. Healthy soil is a prime basis for healthy plants, animals and people.
Biodynamic farming practices are of an organic nature, not relying on bringing artificial fertilisers on to the farm, although some organic or natural mineral fertiliser may be necessary during the establishment phase.
On Biodynamic farms we seek to enhance the soils structure and nutrient cycles as well as plant growth and development with the use of specific Preparations which are made from farm-sourced materials.
These are the Biodynamic Preparations numbered 500 to 507 used in conjunction with established agricultural practices such as composting and manuring, crop and pasture rotations, tree planting, the integrated use of livestock, etc. As the name suggests, these Preparations are designed to work directly with the dynamic biological processes and cycles which are the basis of soil fertility.
Pest and disease control is generally managed by developing the farm as a total organism. However, Biodynamic practitioners may make use of specific products for weed and pest control, which they make from the weeds and pests themselves.
Weeds and pests are very useful indicators of imbalances in soil, plants and animals; and the aim in the Biodynamic method is to use such indicators in a positive way.
The Biodynamic Preparations were developed out of indications given by Dr Rudolf Steiner in 1924. They are not fertilisers themselves but greatly assist the fertilising process. As such they only need to be used in very small amounts.
Horn Manure Preparation (500) is used to enliven the soil, increasing the microflora and availability of nutrients and trace elements. Through it the root growth, in particular, is strengthened in a balanced way, especially the fine root hairs. Horn Manure 500 helps in developing humus formation, soil structure and water holding capacity.

How can I be sure that the products I buy from Gnostic Organics are really Organic?

We only sell Certified Australian Organic fresh produce from farmers whose operations have been carefully inspected by one of the independent Organic Certification Bodies accredited with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). The only non-Australian fresh produce item we currently sell is New Zealand Kiwi Fruit (which is Certified Organic by New Zealand’s Organic Certifying Body) when Australian Kiwi Fruit is not available.
Our wholesalers are able to produce all farmers’ certificates on request.
All grocery food items we sell are also Certified Organic, but these may be sourced from overseas if they are not available locally (for example, Coconut Oil, which is currently not produced in Australia comes from the Pacific Islands) or if the local product is too difficult or expensive to source.
Australian products will be certified by one of the handful of Australian certifiers, while imported products will be certified by the relevant country’s Organic Certifying Body, the major ones of which are listed on our website.
Many of the non-food grocery items we sell, such as body care and cleaning products, contain Certified Organic ingredients, but are not 100% Certified Organic. They do not contain the harmful petrochemicals and other synthetic chemicals present in conventional products and are based primarily on renewal plant and mineral-based ingredients.
What are Australian Certified Organic cosmetics?
Australian Certified Organic cosmetics and skincare products contain more than 95% certified organic ingredients. The remaining small percentage (maximum 5%) of non-organic ingredients must be naturally produced plant products and/or natural, non toxic preservatives/additives.
The importance of choosing ‘certified organic’ cosmetics carefully Choosing organic cosmetics is not always easy if you don’t know what you are looking for. There are a number of organic certifiers world-wide and each one certifies cosmetic products to a different set of standards. Some permit just 10% organic ingredients, while others demand a high level, up to 95%. Different amounts of organic ingredients allowed under different standards means some cosmetic products may not match consumers’ organic expectations.
Consumers choosing products that are certified ‘Australian Certified Organic’ (ACO) need not worry. The standards which ACO certifies to are recognised as some of the most stringent organic standards for cosmetics internationally.
Recognising ‘Australian Certified Organic’ cosmetics
Any time you see the NASA logo, whether on food or cosmetic products, you can be assured the product contains a minimum of 95% certified organic ingredients, with all ingredients naturally sourced and derived.
ACO certified cosmetics are accepted by most major trading countries without any additional requirements including EU, US and Asian countries.
Made with certified organic ingredients (more than 70% less than 95% organic ingredient content)
Savvy shoppers can also look for a more natural alternative by seeking products which are ‘made with certified organic ingredients’. While these products cannot be certified organic under ACO standards they contain a minimum of 70% certified organic ingredients and the remaining ingredients are also derived from natural sources.
Looking for the right certification on your skincare is the best start to a truly natural body!