We take the initiative to define ‘ORGANIC’, in respect to the use of this word within the description of our organic practices at Heartland Farm for the past 25 years, and as this pertains to our use of this adjective with regard to our raw organic spring water. Here's our definition.
ORGANIC IS TO OUR MIND:
“Pertaining to a product or class of products like soil, plants, trees, bees, food or water, that have at no stage in their cycle (including seeds or embryos-seed selection being especially relevant to organic agriculture) been contaminated nor treated with synthetic PESTICIDES or herbicides applied direct to the pasture they are grazed or grown on (save some permitted chemical parasitic control with animals). No organic product/stock are to be grown or grazed in any environment where chemically processed fertilisers (like super phosphate) have been used or applied to the farm soil in the prior 10 year period.
Any raw phosphate used on an organic farm must also be very low in natural cadmium, as much of NZ's farm pasture has been cadmium poisoned in recent years.The farm also needs to be DDT free, that being a poison which takes up to 100 years to dissolve from pasture where it was once applied, as it was worldwide, and also much in NZ.
All additives to products and/or products used or applied directly to farms/soils are to exclude any extracts from other polluted areas, like the Waikato River water or sand. It is accepted that from time to time some external feed supplied to livestock might be hay or processed foods which are not organic in origin, but spray free products shall be sought when available.
Where practical, each person involved in any grazing, growing or processing of organic animals, foods, water or other products should have a sound knowledge of the Rudolph Steiner’s techniques and research, and apply some of these bio-dynamic principles and/or techniques from time to time---especially as regards the intent and mind-set of those working on an organic farm. An intent of love and peace is to prevail among organic farm workers/food processors.
Sustainability for future generations should also be a catch-cry for all those involved in organics.
All products and processes used in organic surrounds and with organic outputs, are to exclude genetic modification, and are not to be otherwise seriously altered (save the permitted grafting and pruning of trees, and cutting of grasses, and use of biological organic fertilisers and composting and the baking or cooking of foods). All organic farms should have growing thereon a reasonable range and diversity of trees and bushes, some being of heritage stock.
All products seeking to be classified as organic are to be reared or nurtured in an environment as close as is possible today (given accepted confinement or restriction of animals or birds to the fenced-in limits of free range pastures) to nature, including with the diversity of nature in their surrounds. This includes some of the surplus produce of each tree and the waste of animals and birds on the farm being applied back to the soil. This means a farm cannot be organic in terms of this definition, when it is farmed on type of large scale mono-culture , with vast TRACTs of paddock growing only one or a few products. Organics and BIODIVERSITY and nature are partners in our view of the organic world, like one sees in a natural forest.
In their mature state, each product grown organically is to most likely contain only those chemicals and other substances nature (including the soil they are grown in) originally endowed them with.
In the case of potable water, it shall be provided with much sought after shelter from the glare of the sun.
Water used for bottling or for use within any organic food or drink process is to met the requirements of the EU Rule 777 for bottled water, and as well as being presented as being microbiologically wholesome, shall be sourced from a raw organic microbiologically wholesome spring, and not be processed nor be sourced from bore or rain or river or tap water.”
The above picture represents an example where a farm located thereon cannot be organic, not matter what other factors or parameters are adhered to. Organic is to be a part of a holistic and natural diversity. Some parts of our planet, which have been denuded of trees and other vegetation are unable to become organic food-bowls for future generations.