At Brioche we choose to only use organic products. Here's why:
Organic farming protocol requires animals used for produce are treated and raised humanely. Livestock are given housing and shelter all year round and are allowed to roam and socialise with other animals. Eggs are free-range, not battery hens.
The animals raised may be treated with vaccines but they aren't fed any growth-regulating drugs, steroids, hormones or antibiotics.
Protecting and working in harmony with existing ecosystems is central to organic farming. Water, soil and energy conservation; using renewable resources and natural farming cycles, such as rotating crops to sustain soil nutrient levels.
No synthetic chemicals
Pesticides and artificial fertilisers aren't used. Pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables are closely monitored in Australia. There is always the chance however that pesticides currently deemed as safe are found to be hazardous. This was the case with DDT, which was once a popular pesticide.
No GM or irradiated foods
Organic foods contain no Genetically Modified (GM) components, nor have they been exposed to irradiation. There is still widespread speculation and debate over the possible long term health, economic and environmental consequences of GM foods. Many believe GM foods may drastically reduce biodiversity. There are similar concerns with irradiated produce.
Strict certification rules
Organic farms are only certified after they have been operating according to 'organic' principles for three years.
note: The use of the word 'organic' is not regulated in Australia. Any business can coin the term 'organic' without meeting certification rules.