The purpose of going organic is not just to safeguard the health of humans, but to protect the land and the environment as well as establish an ecosystem where agriculture is sustainable.
Certification is an important driver of going organic, because certification from a third party gives producers a standard to follow and consumers a clear identification method.
Earth Tag Organic Standard were set up using the organic standard of 6 countries and are confirmed to suit Malaysia’s farming environment. Earth Tag is also a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Family Standards.
The Earth Tag Organic Standard covers 7 broad areas:
1. Soil and water conservation
2. Testing for heavy metals in soil and water
3. Regulation-compliant land reclamation
4. Preventative measures for pollution from external sources
5. Organic-in-Conversion periods
6. Sales and production records
7. No usage of chemical herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers, or genetically modified materials
Earth Tag Organic-In-Conversion
Is there any difference between “Organic” and “Organic in-Conversion”?
Many consumers have noticed that within the Earth Tag Organic Certification, there is an Organic in-Conversion label. Many have asked whether there is a difference between this and organic products. As a matter of fact, Organic in-Conversion products should offer similar peace of mind as organic products.
Under Earth Tag regulations, when farms first apply for organic certification, inspectors of the certifying body visit the farms to verify that soil, water, and other conditions meet certification requirements. After that, the farm enters the Organic in-Conversion period to ensure not just that organic farming methods are used, but that products also undergo vigorous testing for pesticide residue.
New troops within the organic ranks
Apart from allowing the soil to its original state, the Organic in-Conversion period also allows farmers to adapt to pesticide- and fertiliser-free planting methods such as restoring the soil, managing pests and diseases, and improving on technology and quality. Organic in-Conversion farmers are the fresh forces of organic farming. If you see Organic in-Conversion products, this means that there are no new farmers joining the ranks of organic farming.
Thus, let us support these fresh troops by helping them to overcome the many challenges of production, technology, and sales channels.
When switching from other organic standards, is it necessary for farmers to undergo the Earth Tag Organic in-Conversion period?
Yes, farmers must take two years to adapt to the regulations and requirements of Earth Tag certification. They must also undergo Earth Tag’s continuous verification procedures for two years, or three years for long-term crops such as fruit trees.
Therefore, experienced farmers may also be Organic in-Conversion. Let us support Organic in-Conversion farmers!
To maintain the quality of ornamental plants, large volumes of chemical pesticides are often used in the planting process, causing pollution of the environment and the water source as well as threatening the health of the ecosystem, the operator, and the employees.
Earth Tag Eco-care Potted Plant Standard are the premier standards worldwide for certifying potted plants. It encourages that no chemical pesticides are used during the first-line planting process so as to protect the environment, the water source, and the health of the grower and the consumers.
Apart from using non-toxic planting materials, all plastic pots must be made using biodegradable materials in order to reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.
Eco-care Potted Plant covers 6 broad areas:
1. No pesticide use during planting for over 3 months before being placed on the market
2. Preventative measures for pollution from external sources
Nursery stores are a good place for flower-viewing, rest, and recreation, but many nurseries regularly use chemical herbicides and pesticides for pest and weed control. Far from only harming the user, it also brings up safety concerns for the consumers.
Earth Tag Eco Nursery Certification was established to encourage nursery owners to refrain from using harmful chemical materials so as to keep children, consumers, employees, and themselves safe. As a result of not using chemical materials, the natural ecosystems of eco nurseries thrive with small animals, and these nurseries act as green spaces within the city.
Earth Tag Eco Nursery Certification uses the Participatory Guarantee System (refer to: “International certification – Participatory Guarantee System). Community consumers participate in the certification process, not just ensuring fairness but also allowing consumers to maintain and support the good reputation of a nursery.
Eco Nursery covers 5 broad areas:
1. No toxic herbicide and pesticide use
2. Prevention of external pollution
3. Proper care of plants
4. Differentiation between organic and chemical materials