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Certifications

CERTIFIED ORGANIC, which guarantees the quality of the production and that of the final product. Certification guarantees to the consumer,that the food they are buying has been produced to recognised organic standards. The two internationally recognised certification standards in N.Z. are BIO-GRO for organic farming and DEMETER for biodynamic farming.

Each year, to renew certification an inspection of the property is required. This includes an audit of the growers farming methods, soil testing and leaf analysis.

All IE Produce direct growers are CERTIFIED, and have provided a copy of their certificate.

HEALTHY FOOD FOR HEALTHY LIVING
The reason is simple: organically reared animals and organically grown fruit and vegetables ideally harbour no artificial fertilisers and none of the hundreds of legally permitted insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, waxes, hormones, antibiotics or other additives present in non-organic foodstuffs. Unlike soil that has suffered chemical abuse, organically maintained soil is rich and well balanced, full of worms, micro-organisms and friendly bacteria nature intended it to have. It carries no poisons to leach into streams and rivers because creatures that would otherwise destroy food crops are kept in check by natural predators.

More importantly from the consumer's point of view, it will contain a greater amount of essential nutrients - not to mention flavour - when it is allowed to ripen naturally and is eaten in peak condition. Further along the food-supply chain, all manufactured foods that carry the organic symbol must, by law, be produced according to rigorous standards which do not allow the addition of artificial colourings, preservatives, or food enhancers. Thus, they will contain no tartrazine to give your children asthma. no monosodium glutamate to give you a headache.


TEN GOOD REASONS

  • to protect future generations
  • to pay the real cost of real food
  • to have an independent guarantee
  • to protect water quality
  • to enjoy greater flavour and nutrition
  • to keep chemicals off your plate
  • to reduce global warming and save energy
  • to prevent soil erosion
  • to help small farmers
  • to help restore biodiversity



FLAVOUR

Try an organic taste-test. Close your eyes and take a bite of an organic apple, then take a bite of a commercially grown one. Or dip your organic wholemeal bread soldier, made from stoneground, organically grown wheat, into the yolk of an organic free-range egg, and compare that with a finger of white, sliced, commercial blunderloaf dipped into the pale, anaemic yolk of a battery-farmed egg. You won?t need a degree in food technology to tell which one tastes better.

NUTRITION

Without doubt, organically produced crops are richer in nutrients than their commercially grown couterparts. The organic farmer uses traditional methods such as crop rotation, green manure, composting and organic fertilisers to keep the soil in good health and to replace nutrients taken by previous crops. Non -organic produce tends to have a much higher water content, and thus contains fewer essential vitamins and minerals - which is why studies show consistently higher levels of vitamins A and C in organic fruits and vegetables.

ORGANIC BIO GRO

WELCOME TO i.e.produce New Zealand's first BIO-GRO certified organic foodmarket. This provides our customers an independent guarantee that the BIO-GRO certified products they buy in our shop are true to label. BIO-GRO certification of retailers involves audited documentation and strict procedures to be complied with for the complete supply chain- from the grower right to the customer. It is important to relise that BIO-GRO certification does not mean every thing in the shop is BIO-GRO certified. What the BIO-GRO certification of the shop guarantees to you the consumer is that all produce labelled as BIO-GRO certified is genuinely certified by BIO-GRO. Seager Mason, Cheif Executive, BIO-GRO NZ

DEMETER

Other Organic Certifications

BFA - Biological Farmers Association - Australia
BIOAGRICERT - Italy
BIOLOGICO - Italy
BOLICERT - Bolivia
CCOF - California Certified Organic Farmers - California
ECO/BIOAGRI - Brazil
ECOCERT - France
ECOCERT ITALIA - Italy
FVO - Farm Verified Organic - USA
IFOAM - International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements - Global
IMO - Switzerland
MAFF - Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - UK
NASSA - National Association - Australia
OCIA - Organic Crop Improvemant Association - USA
OFA - Organic Federation of Australia - Australia
OGBA - Organic Growers and Buyers Association - USA/Global
OTCO - Oregon Tilth - USA/Global
OTCOG - Oregon Tilth - USA/Global
QAI - Quality Assurance International - Global
QC&I - Quality Assurance System - Italy
SOIL ASS. - Soil Association - England
SKAL-EKO - International Inspection & Certification Organisation - Global
TIMOR ORGANICN - Government of East Timor / NASAA aligned