Organic marketplace

GM food submission

GM free

We made a submission opposing a FSANZ proposal to further deregulate GM food (link)

Foundation members

OIA sponsors organic wines award

Winestate MagazineOIA Ltd was proud to sponsor the Best Wine in Show Award for Winestate Magazine. The magazine has a feature in its July edition on the best organic and biodynamic wines of the year.

Foundation Member, Stormflower Vineyard, was judged second best overall in the show with their Single Vineyard Margaret River Wilyabrup Chardonnay 2020.


GM food submission

GM free

OIA has lodged a submission to FSANZ on a proposal to change the definitions for gene technology and new breeding techniques.

The FSANZ assessment promotes a false equivalence that new breeding technique (NBT) food is produced with an outcome that might occur using natural selection techniques. That is clearly not the case, and the onus should be on the proponent to prove the safety of every instance of GM manipulation.

We are most concerned that this acceptance of GM food, if adopted, will then be used as a base from which will come further proposals to exempt genetic modifications from safety assessment. Once some GM food is exempt, there will be a lower hurdle to a future proposal to exempt GM food just a little more.

Overwhelmingly, overseas markets do not want GM foods, and are worried by the environmental contamination of our organic foods with GM breeds.


WA Organics Industry: Opportunities, Challenges and Options

WA organicsThe WA Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development has commissioned a report on the WA organics industry.

The project recognises that organic producers in WA face significant disadvantages in comparison with conventional producers in the State, but also in comparison with organic producers in other States.

More information is available at https://policypartners.com.au/WAorganics


Insulated panels insurance

AB Phillips

If you occupy a premises containing insulated panels, you probably need our help finding affordable insurance.

AB Phillips, one of our foundation members, have extensive knowledge and understanding of insulated panels and have been able to obtain significant premium reductions for buildings considered ‘low risk’.


WWOOF

WWOOF Australia

Our members get a discount on WWOOF volunteer memberships and gift certificates.


Organic Trust Australia