As of 2015, there were seven approved certifying organizations:
- AUS-QUAL Pty Ltd (AUSQUAL)
- Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
- Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI)
- NASAA Certified Organic (NCO)
- Organic Food Chain (OFC)
- Safe Food Production Queensland (SFQ)
- Tasmanian Organic-dynamic Producers (TOP)
In Australia alone. In the USA the variances of which house-of-organics you align with is tantamount to which mainline house of worship you call home.
We share an insightful Seattle Times by Carrie Dennett to help frame the organic enigma. One powerful quote from Carrie:
Imported organic produce may not be truly organic, and produce that doesn’t travel far tends to retain more of its nutrients. If you have access to a farmers market, it can be a great way to gain a nuanced understanding of how your food is grown while supporting smaller local farms.
Olympic Culinary Loop celebrates food that is: Local, Seasonal and Sustainably produced. Knowing your farmer or added-value culinary producer, (think Matt with Mt. Townsend Creamery, or Jan & Chuck with Hardware Distillery, or Kevin & Roger with Shorts Grass Fed Beef), results in both hyperlocal farm-to-table or producer-to-chef products, it also gives you the first-person personality behind the label.
And, in our opinion, that is much more valuable than any of a dozen flavors of an "organic" seal of obtained bureaucracy.
Get to know your farmer and the food they provide.