What is Organic?
The Australian Certified Organic Standard prohibits the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Certified organic produce relies on restoring soil fertility by maintaining biological cycles within the farming system through management techniques such as companion planting, minimal tillage and crop rotation.
Organic farming practices also focus on biodiversity protection and land regeneration. Farmers also consider their potential impact on native flora and fauna. Shelterbelt, wetland, and remnant vegetation protection are encouraged.
By prohibiting the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals, certified organic farming reduces its impact on the surrounding environment by reducing run-off into nearby waterways. Farms must also demonstrate water efficiency and catchment areas, streams and rivers are monitored and protected to ensure sustainability.
Certified organic food is real food made without synthetic colourings, preservatives, additives or GM ingredients.
Artificial food additives are thought to be linked to symptoms such as allergic reactions, asthma, and ADHD.
It’s not sufficient to label a processed product as organic just because the primary ingredient is certified organic. Certified organic food and drink must contain a minimum of 95 percent certified organic ingredients. Recipe ingredients are assessed to make sure everything that goes into a certified product is natural or safe to consume.
Strict guidelines are enforced in the production, transportation, processing and manufacturing processes to prevent contamination from conventional food.
Australian Certified Organic has one of the most rigorous and most thorough food regulatory programs internationally, with each step of production reviewed to ensure that industry regulations are adhered to.
Every Australian Certified Organic logo displayed on organic products has a certification number unique to the producer or processor which allows for traceability throughout the production system. Australian Certified Organic also carry out random audits and product testing on certified products to ensure the authenticity of the Bud logo at all times.
Choosing to support certified organic means supporting organic farmers, producers, and processors who are doing the right thing for our environment as well as building a sustainable future for all Australians.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Today, more than six million people – farmers, producers, workers and their families – in 70 countries benefit from the unique, independent Fairtrade system. Fairtrade provides farmers and workers in developing countries with a fair price (the Fairtrade Price) for their produce, helping protect them from damaging fluctuations in world market prices. They also receive an additional sum of money (the Fairtrade Premium) for investment in social, economic and environmental development in their community, such as educational and medical facilities. Fairtrade Certification standards also prohibit the use of forced and abusive child labour.
Fairtrade delivers a better deal for farmers and producers in the developing world through:
- A fair and stable price for their produce
- Security of long-term contracts
- Investment in local community development
- Improved working conditions
- Environmentally sustainable farming methods
- Support in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully in the global economy
- Origin Chocolate gives back 2% profit of our Fair Trade certified chocolate back to Fair Trade Australia.
At the heart of the Rainforest Alliance’s approach is the understanding that the health of the land is inextricably connected to the wellbeing of those who depend on it for their livelihoods. Our approach includes training and certification to promote healthy ecosystems and communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.
We work with forward-thinking farmers, foresters and tourism entrepreneurs to conserve natural resources and ensure the long-term economic health of forest communities. In order for a farm or forestry enterprise to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification, or for a tourism business to be verified, it must meet rigorous standards designed to protect ecosystems, safeguard the well-being of local communities and improve productivity. The Rainforest Alliance then links these farmers, foresters and tourism businesses to the growing global community of conscientious consumers through the green frog seal.
The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal is an internationally recognized symbol of environmental, social and economic sustainability that helps both businesses and consumers do their part to ensure a brighter future for us all.
- Origin Chocolate give back 2% of our profit from our Rain Forest Alliance certified chocolate back to the Rain Forest Alliance
Our current Origin product range is an organic ‘bean to bar’ chocolate produced from cacao beans sourced from around the world. Lets not forget the health benefits of dark chocolate!
Origin chocolate is made from 100% organic ingredients that are ground together using a traditional stone mill, our chocolate is minimally processed therefore retaining all of the amazing nutritional qualities that the cacao bean is renowned for. Origin Chocolate take pride in producing chocolate of the highest nutritional quality that tastes absolutely amazing, this is ‘real’ chocolate at its finest.
Our Chocolate is completely vegan friendly. It contains no dairy, lactose, soy, soy lecithin, wheat, or gluten. Origin dark chocolate poses no risk to sufferers of lactose intolerance, soy allergy, or Celiac disease. Our chocolate contains many of the vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health, including iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and the vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E. And chocolate has more magnesium than any other food.
Chocolate contains a high level of antioxidants in the form of flavonols. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants have the effect of slowing or preventing this oxidation, reducing cell damage. Specific antioxidant levels in chocolate can vary widely based on many factors.The standard measure of antioxidants in food is called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity. Our 80% Dark Bar has 41800 μ mol TE/100g. This is VERY high for a chocolate bar – for example, Himalayan Goji Berries, famed for being a “superfood”, have an ORAC value 0 μ mol TE/100g.
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance – a plant-derived alkaloid that stimulates the central nervous system. There is a great deal of misinformation on the Internet regarding the presence of caffeine in chocolate. For the record, there is a small amount caffeine in chocolate. More importantly, chocolate contains another psychoactive alkaloid called theobromine, in quantities anywhere from 2 to 5 times greater than its caffeine content. Theobromine, while chemically similar to caffeine, has a “longer, gentler high” in comparison, and is believed to be non-addictive. Theobromine reduces blood pressure by stimulating the heart and dilating blood vessels. The alkaloid has also been shown to reduce cough more effectively than codeine, and to help in the treatment of asthma (by relaxing smooth muscle tissue).
Our Chocolate is made from cacao, a plant product, and contains no dairy. As such, all our products are cholesterol free. On paper, chocolate, because of its cocoa butter, is high in saturated fat (about 2/3 of the total fat). However, the saturated fat in chocolate is about one part stearic acid to one part palmitic acid. Stearic acid has been shown to be cholesterol neutral, meaning it does not affect levels of either HDL (“good”) or LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The remaining fat (about 1/3 of the total) is oleic acid, which is a healthy monounsaturated fat also found in high concentrations in olive oil. In addition, semisweet chocolate has been shown to suppress platelet activation thereby increasing blood flow. And studies have indicated that chocolate may relax vascular tissue and blood vessel walls, also aiding in general cardiovascular health.