Autumn Organic Insights Magazine 2021

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export controls, biosecurity and GM crops, to chemical regulation and the connection to community health. We support Federal MP David Littleproud’s announcement in December of the formation of an Organic Industry Group, as the issue of regulatory reform to underpin integrity in domestic certification is finally being taken seriously. Whilst the process is not an open one that invites public consultation at this stage, we remain hopeful that this will be invited at the next steps of policy development.

The Commonwealth Government currently has many public consultation processes in place, and we continue to provide significant input through the formal Public Consultation Frameworks, and in advocacy to Government, engaging directly with those who develop and draft policy affecting our greater industry. These processes may seem at arm’s length from the immediate challenges on farm, but underpin our entire quality system, and ultimately, consumer confidence in organic. Alex Mitchell

ONCE AGAIN, WE TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE OPERATION OVER THREE DECADES OF CERTIFIED ORGANIC MANAGEMENT.

30 years and (still) counting. WITH TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS STILL FIRMLY IN PLACE, WE TAKE A VICARIOUS LOOK AT THE WILDLY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES OF OUR INTERNATIONAL GROWER GROUPS IN PNG AND SRI LANKA, WHOSE OPERATIONS FORM THE BACKBONE OF SUSTAINABLE LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

Coffee Connections HIGHLAND ORGANIC AGRICULTURE COOPERATIVE (HOAC) COFFEE GROWERS Eastern Highlands region of PNG www.coffeeconnectionspng.com Liz Clay BAW BAW ORGANICS Noojoo, in the Baw Baw Shire, West Gippsland www.facebook.com/BawBawOrganics

Marg & Jason Alexandra HAZELDEAN FARM Ellinbank, located at the base of the Strzelecki Ranges www.hazeldeanforestfarm.com Stassen Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd AN ESTABLISHED TEA EXPORTER, FOUNDED IN 1977 Sri Lanka www.stassentea.com

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