At present, only agricultural ingredients are covered and labelled as organic by the statutory regulations globally. Consumers assume organic means grown ‘naturally’ and not containing any pesticides or other chemicals. In fact, organic food regulations do allow the use of pesticides, with additional accidental pesticide contamination resulting from persistent pollutants, as well as intentional contamination, through the unethical avoidance of directives or exploitation of ambiguities in statutory regulations.
There is still a lot of work required to improve the quality of organic products; not only food but all goods producers and service providers need to be encouraged to work within a circular economy perspective.
Organic products as a whole, including packaging, should meet the highest human safety standards, be of natural origin wherever feasible and be fully safe for the environment.
At the Organics Council ®, we understand that, in the real world, not all products can be made in a 100% natural way, as not all goods can be farmed or are ready for use without further processing. Still, it is possible to design goods and services with a fully sustainable life cycle, where businesses deliver products and services that are the safest possible for both human beings and the planet.
Today’s organics industry is mostly focused on meeting minimum legal requirements, instead of adhering to the three organic core principles.