20 Jan The value of an organic life
People are getting more conscious of what they eat today. Some prefer organic food to conventional food for health benefits or concerns about the environment.
Food can only be called “organic” if it is produced according to organic standards throughout production, handling, processing and marketing stages, and certified by a certification body or authority of the country of origin.
For planting, the use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers is avoided. The farming process emphasises crop rotation, animal and plant manures, hand weeding and biological pest control.
For raising animals, the use of antibiotics, growth hormones and other animal feed additives is avoided.
No genetic modification and ionising radiation is applied.
Established in 2002, “Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre Certification Limited” (HKORC-Cert) is the only independent incorporated third party organic certification agent in Hong Kong. It is managed by “Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre” (“HKORC”), providing certification services for the agriculture, fisheries and processing sector in Hong Kong. It has certified more than 130 organic farms, aquafarms, and food processing plants since its establishment. ORC-Cert actively promotes organic development in Hong Kong and collaborates with the industry, formulates Organic Production, Aquaculture and Processing Standards, and provides professional organic certification services. ORC-Cert was accredited by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in 2012, which means its certification work reaches international standard.
Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre joins hands with the organic industry to develop organic production, aquaculture and processing standard and provide professional organic certification service, which allow consumers to acquire reliable information of organic products by recognizing its Organic Seals.