N.A.S.A.A. CERTIFIED ORGANIC Licence Number 5196
The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia Limited (NASAA) is an international association of organic operators. The operators endeavour to use sustainable organic agricultural practices, which maintain a balance of productivity with low impact on the environment, thus preserving the ecological quality of the land for future use.
It is now some 20 years since the founding members of NASAA set out a framework for producers of organic foods. The work done by that small group resulted in organic products becoming more widely known on the domestic and overseas markets. Importantly, that early acceptance of products was only made possible because standards were in place to substantiate the organic claims.
In more recent years a number of governments and economic blocs around the world have introduced rules for products bearing "organic" descriptors. Yet defining organics is an issue that remains contentious both in a legal sense and in potential risks to the long-term credibility of theAustralian industry. Throughout this time, the organic industry has remained steadfast in its aim to provide comprehensive and practical standards for those working within sustainable agroecosystems. This commitment has resulted in world-wide recognition of Australian organic products. It has also resulted in recognition of the wealth of expertise
in the design and management of organic systems within organisations such as NASAA.
The organic industry has been a pacesetter in many areas that are at the forefront of food standards and food control. The industry established the first whole-of-production standards for food, fibre and essential oils including harvesting, storage, handl ing, processing and marketing. All stages were pegged to verification and regular inspection in order to provide consumer protection. Significantly, identification of the certified producer on products provided a reliable trace-back system well before this system was suggested by any other industry. Product traceability is only today being discussed by international fora in response to consumer concerns about the safety and integrity of the food supply.