What's on my food?

Chemical crop spraying
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Here are more references and details we didn’t have enough room for in our latest issue of OG and the article ‘What’s on my Food’ by Malcolm McGuire. The article investigates the history of chemical use in agriculture and what is being sprayed on our crops now.

• apvma.gov.au (You can download the free APVMA app which is a great resource)

• agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/food/organic-biodynamic

• foe.org.au/articles/2012-02-21/new-pesticides-and-food-report

• The organic standard from Australian Organic is also an excellent reference as it shows all the allowable inputs on an organic farm, and also what’s used on conventional and banned from organics: http://austorganic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ACOS_2017_V1.pdf

• Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is an independent statutory agency established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act). FSANZ is part of the Australian Government's Health portfolio and develops standards that regulate the use of ingredients, processing aids, colourings, additives, vitamins and minerals, GM and more. It also monitors the food supply and conducts (approximately every two years), the Australian Total Diet Study, formerly known as the Australian Market Basket Survey, which provides an assessment of consumers’ dietary exposure (intake) to pesticide residues, contaminants and other substances in food. See: http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/surveillance/Pages/australiantot...                             

• National residue survey (NRS): The NRS was established by the Australian Government in the early 1960s following concerns about pesticide residues in exported meat. Since then, the NRS has expanded to test other animal and plant products for residues of pesticides and veterinary medicines, as well as for other contaminants. It became an industry-funded activity in 1992. See: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/food/nrs

• State departments of agriculture. Another great resource are the individual state agricultural departments websites. 

• To check on supermarket requirements for fresh produce, search for: ‘Coles supplier portal’ or visit: wowlink.com.au (Woolworths supplier standards).

First published: January 2018

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