Organic Winery gets
Chinese Green Light
An organic winery in South Australia has become the first to be
certified under a new agreement with China.
Australian certifier National Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Australia (NASSA) has signed a market-access deal with Chinese certifier
Beijing WuYue HuaXia Management & Technique Centre (CHC), to allow for
the legal export of organic wine overseas. After a process which took
months, Temple Bruer winery in Langhorne Creek now has the go ahead to
export to the lucrative Chinese market.
David Bruer is the company's chief executive and says they started
exporting to China with organic wine certified to Australian standards
in 2004, but stopped after the law there changed.
"In order to legally export to China, we need to have Chinese organic
certification. It's not adequate to have domestic certification," he
"The law changed a few years ago, but they only started to enforce it
"It means we can export legally. Without the Chinese certification, you
can't export legally."
He says there are wineries that are exporting without certification, but
he says it's vital to do the right thing.
"I don't want to fall foul of the Chinese Government. The Chinese market
is so large we just don't want to make any mistakes."
Mr Bruer says the Chinese market is vital to his company and having
China as an export partner again could be worth more than AUS $760,000
and boost the winery's export market by as much as 25 percent.
The Chinese market for organic foods is not just the largest in Asia, it
is also one of the fastest growing. Temple Bruer has taken the right
decision to get Chinese organic certification as this will enable it to
boost exports. Without Chinese organic certification, exporters face the
risk of product withdrawal from this fast-growing market.
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Australia: Dairy is
Fastest Growing Organic Sector
According to Australian Organic (AO), the
organic farming industry is worth over $1.7 billion.
The AO report says dairy is the fastest growing organic category
in 2014, reporting a compound growth of around 127 percent, while
organic grains suffered in continuing drought conditions, but still
managed a 20 percent growth throughout the year.
Local organic supplier Carolyn Ditchfield said it is true many
Australians are turning organic for health reasons, but suggested that a
nutritional hyperawareness may not be the only contributing factor to
the industries marked growth. 'Nutritionally, I'll leave that as the
debate continuing,' she said.
'There are some studies that will claim that you do get a better profile
of certainly Omega-3s in a lot of animal products and in theory there is
meant to be better enzyme content. Not just calcium and magnesium and
stuff, it is the other constructed molecules.'
'I don't pick too many bones with any of it, really. I've never gone
into it for the nutrient value.'
Carolyn said it was more likely consumers from numerous angles were
approaching the market and contributing to its continuing boom.
'You will find your organic customer is coming from so many different
angles and that is probably why it is growing so quickly,' she said. One
of the most popular in her experience was supporting producers looking
to make a difference to traditional farming practices.
'Those who can do it organically and do it well, I just love supporting
them and that's where a lot of consumers are coming from as well,' she
said. 'Supporting a real person who is really doing a good job ' it's
about rewarding and encouraging these sorts of farmers,'
Nutritionally, Carolyn said there are charted consumer movements away
from dairy and wheat grains that could be opening the door for alternate
grain and dairy options.
'If they are stating that there is a whole movement towards organic
grain, I wonder if that is just grain wheat or is that all the alternate
grains starting to come in that don't have the gluten, because that's
that market,' she said. 'A lot of people are getting off diary products
because they are not digesting it well. So you have got a whole movement
of people going dairy-free.'
Carolyn said the multi-pronged approach to organics had certainly put a
strain on supply. 'They cannot get enough grain for the industry.
Particularly pigs and chooks, they are the worst. They are getting to
the point where they cannot certify themselves because they literally
cannot get their hands on organic grain, which is really quite tragic,'
she said. With continuing growth trends, Carolyn said the consumers were
on the cusp of what could be a reversal of conventional and organic
trends that could see major supply changes over the next 10 years.
'The industry has to keep growing because people are asking for it,' she
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Australia: Animal-Testing Ban for Cosmetics
The Australian Senate has passed a motion
in support of ending animal testing for cosmetics and
personal care products.
At present, there is no law forbidding animal testing for cosmetics in
Australia, although the latest development has been taken as a signal by
cruelty-free activists that such legislation might be on the horizon.
Hannah Stuart, from the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign – which is run
by Humane Research Australia and Humane Society International – said:
“Without a legal ban there is nothing to prevent cosmetics animal
testing taking place here in Australia, or overseas during development
of products sold in our shops. Such bans are already in place across the
European Union, Israel and India, and there is now a growing worldwide
momentum towards ending such cruelty.”
The motion is the latest development to take place surrounding the issue
of cosmetics testing on animals; the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill was
introduced by Green Party Senator Lee Rhiannon in March, while a Labour
Party consultation in September found 92% of respondents supported a
Deputy Government Whip in the Senate, Liberal Senator Anne Ruston, said:
“I believe it’s time to acknowledge the majority of Australians would
like to see an end to testing cosmetics on animals, and that we have a
responsibility to work towards this worthy goal.”
Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon, added: “This
is a small positive step forward to eliminate animal cruelty, and it is
excellent to have in principal commitment from Labor, the Liberals and
the Nationals. The next step would be to pass legislation to ban all
animal-tested cosmetics and ingredients.”
The cross-party motion was co-sponsored by Ruston, Rhiannon, Labour
Senator Lisa Singh, Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan, Palmer United
Party Senators Glenn Lazarus and Zhenya Wang and Independent Senator
Alternatives to animal-tests for cosmetics and
personal care products are regularly discussed at the Sustainable
Cosmetics Summit. The North American edition of this executive summit
will be hosted in New York on 14-16th May 2015. More details will be on
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