A non-profit, grass roots group dedicated to maintaining and enhancing ethical and quality standards in the organics industry.
Organic Consumers Association of Australia
To protect Australian consumers' right to safe, health supporting food and other consumer products, a just food and sustainable farming system, and an environment rich in biodiversity and free of pollutants.
Who we are
OCAA is an online and grassroots nonprofit public interest organization, and the only organization in the Australia focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's rapidly growing demographic of conscious consumers of organically and socially responsibly produced food and other products.
What we do
OCAA educates and advocates on behalf of organic consumers, engages consumers in marketplace pressure campaigns, and works to advance sound and ethical food and farming policy through grassroots lobbying. We address crucial issues around food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability, including pesticide use, and other food- and agriculture-related topics.
In Australia, OCAA education campaigns reach out to consumers and organic businesses either through our newsletter, our social media networks or mainstream and progressive news outlets. Our Australian and international policy board is broadly representative of the organic, family farm, environmental, and public interest community.
A New Start
OCAA was founded by Australian organics Industry pioneer Tim Marshall in 2019 and a collective of like-minded organic consumers who care about the organic industry.
Tim is a prolific author on organic farming with many books published including beautiful coffee table hard covers available through the ABC book stores, and he is a highly sought after trainer in organic growing, biological farming, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and land management. His publications include
- Dung Down Under: Dung Beetles for Australia
- The New Organic Gardener
- Bug: the ultimate gardener's guide to organic pest control
- Weed: the ultimate gardener's guide to organic weed control
- Compost: the ultimate organic guide to recycling your garden
What we support
• Policy reforms that shift agricultural subsidies and appropriations away from industrial monoculture commodity crop farming and industrial meat and dairy production toward support for farmers transitioning to an organic regenerative paradigm that improves public health, revives strong local economies, renews biodiversity, reduces environmental pollution and restores climate stability.
• Strong standards for Australian Organic certification and the strict enforcement of those standards, including the requirement that organic farmers maintain or improve the physical, chemical and biological condition of their soil, and that animals raised for food must be treated humanely. OCA also supports strong standards for “beyond organic” or regenerative organic standards, such as the Regenerative Organic Certification being developed by the Rodale Institute and the Savory Institute's Land to Market (L2M) Program.
• Global Fair Trade and economic justice policies that promote job security, fair wages, safe working conditions, and dignity and economic independence for laborers and farmers, in contrast to corporate-driven "Free Trade" policies that almost exclusively benefit multinational corporations.
• A global moratorium on genetically engineered foods and crops, and on the widespread use of pesticides in food production.
• Corporate accountability, including truth and transparency in food labeling and marketing and full disclosure of the health and environmental impact of corporate products and practices.
• The phase-out of factory farms, including: the elimination of GMO animal feed, toxic pesticides, antibiotics and other drugs in meat, poultry and dairy production; the end of dangerous and unjust factory farm labor practices; the end of unfair contracts that enrich huge corporations and put small family farms at risk of bankruptcy; and the end of inhumane treatment of animals.
• Universal healthcare with an emphasis on nutrition, disease prevention, and natural health and wellness promotion.
• In solidarity with many caring Australians we support end of corporate money in politics and the return to a democratic government that is for the people, by the people, of the people.
WHY CHOOSE ORGANIC?
As a consumer, though, does the higher quality food really justify spending a higher price? Absolutely yes! Even though organic farming standards can vary greatly around the globe, whenever you get your hands on some fresh certified organic produce, you can rest assured that the ingredients you are going to cook with for your family were grown naturally, without the use of artificial fertilisers and other chemicals. Organic farming practices actually eliminate the risk of pesticide residues in your otherwise healthy salad, which is a major problem, especially since as far as certain vegetables are concerned, it’s nearly impossible to wash these dangerous chemicals off of them.
Certified Organic Demand is on the Rise
The health and environmental benefits of organic farming are well documented, so it’s great that the Australian organics industry has become one of the nation’s top five growth industries, and rising considerably in strength over the past decade.
Mainstream supermarkets have embraced the ever-increasing demand for certified organic products, farmers’ markets are popping up all over the country, and home delivery services are available for those too busy to join the checkout queue. Furthermore, premium quality certified organic produce can be ordered over the internet, so access to healthy food has never been easier.
Organic production prohibits the use of pesticides and pharmaceuticals (antibiotics), ensuring the sustainability of the land over the long term, and eliminating the presence of synthetic chemicals in our food.