Organic certification bodies in Australia are adapting their auditing processes as the COVID-19 crisis drives a surge in demand for organic grain, dairy, fruit, vegetables and beef. In certified organic horticulture, tractors, pickers and packers are working around the clock to maintain demand from major supermarkets.
Owner of Lockyer Valley Organic in southern Queensland, Anthony Bauer, said his vegetables were going in one side of his shed, washed, packed and straight onto a truck for distribution. “We are currently experiencing a 400 per cent increase in demand for organic produce,” Mr Bauer said. “We have increased our plantings and have plenty of vegetables available. The growing conditions in the Lockyer Valley are perfect, yields and quality will be exceptional.”