Standards Australia “coordinates standardisation activities, develops internationally aligned Australian Standards® of public benefit and national interest and facilitates the accreditation of other Standards Development Organisations.” According to FarmOnline, Standards Australia will be releasing next week a draft “Australian Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Products [which] will establish one uniform Standard to address industry needs, government needs and consumer uncertainty around marketing and labelling claims on organic products.”

The standards appear to be the required minimum for organic or Biodynamic certification. We’ll keep an eye out for the publication as it will be interesting to see how they view Biodynamic products and what standards they develop. Certainly, the committee is stacked with representatives from industry, including:

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Australian Food and Grocery Council
Australian National Retailers Association
Bio-Dynamic Research Institute
Biodynamic Agriculture Australia
Biological Farmers of Australia
CHOICE
Consumers’ Federation of Australia
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Commonwealth)
Department of Primary Industries and Water Tasmania
Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand
National Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Organic Dairy Farmers Cooperative
Organic Federation of Australia
Organic Growers Association of Western Australia
Organic Industry Export Consultative Committee
Organic Traders and Consumers Network
Safe Food Queensland

It will definitely be interesting to see what they come up with and how it conflicts or coincides with Demeter’s certification process.

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