Choosing ingredients that are suitable for use in organic production is often complicated as factors to consider include not only where a formulation is to be used but also where the produce (crop) and subsequent processed food products are to be sold.  

The word ‘organic’ is a general term to describe food (and other products) produced and processed according to prescribed principles.  

For crop production, these typically include: 

  • Maintaining a high level of biological diversity
  • Responsible use of energy and natural resources
  • Use of mechanical and natural biological production methods
  • Restrictions on use of external inputs 

In organic farming, there are strict restrictions on which agrochemicals farmers can apply to their fields. The consequences of farmers using inappropriate inputs may include loss of organic status of produce and of land for an extended period. Therefore, it is imperative that agrochemicals that are marketed for organic use abide to the relevant regulations. This can make formulating a pesticide (or other products) for organic use challenging as the toolbox of products available can be limited and understanding the applicable regulations can be confusing.