A Guide to in Singapore

The definition
According to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, “Organic agriculture is an agricultual system that promotes environmentally sound production of food, fibre, timber, etc. In this system, soil fertility is seen as the key to successful production. Working with the natural properties of plants, animals, and the landscape, organic farmers aim to optimise quality in all aspects of agriculture and the environment.” The European Commission’s guide to organic farming (http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/organicfarming/what-organic_en) is instructive in providing us with some typical organic farming practices. But there is considerable debate on whether a stricter or broader definition of organic products is needed. Organic farming is commonly defined as a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, plant growth regulators, livestock feed additives, and genetically modified organisms.

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Wide crop rotation as a prerequisite for an efficient use of on-site resources Very strict limits on chemical synthetic pesticide and synthetic fertiliser use, livestock antibiotics, food additives and processing aids and other inputs Absolute prohibition of the use of genetically modified organisms Taking advantage of on-site resources, such as livestock manure for fertiliser or feed produced on the farm Choosing plant and animal species that are resistant to disease and adapted to local conditions Raising livestock in free-range, open-air systems and providing them with organic feed Using animal husbandry practices appropriate to different livestock species

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A few reasons why you should go organic
(Source: The Ethics of What We Eat, Peter Singer & Jim Mason, 2006.)

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Health: organic products avoid the heavy pesticide and herbicide use typical of conventional farming: organic farmers are permitted to use only a very limited range of insecticides, selected because they are natural products or their safety is well-established. Maintains the quality of the soil: organic farmers enrich the soil by adding organic matter. That increases the number of worms and micro-organisms. Soil rich in organic matter needs less irrigation because the soil holds moisture better. It is also less likely to blow away in the wind, or wash off with every storm. Fosters biodiversity: rare plants are indiscriminately sprayed with herbicides, along with more common weeds. Reduces pollution from nitrogen run-off: the Gulf of Mexico dead zone is caused by too much nitrogen, which makes its way into rivers, affecting both freshwater and marine environments.

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Saves energy compared to conventional farms: organic farms do not use synthetic fertilizers, the manufacture of which requires a lot of energy. Offsets carbon-dioxide emissions: organic farming increases the amount of organic matter in the soil – matter that would otherwise rot above ground and produce carbon that would go into the atmosphere.

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The various organic schemes
Scheme Description BDIH o BDIH refers to the Federation of German Industries and Trading Firms which regulates organic products o Certified products have a blue label that red “Certified Natural Cosmetic – BDIH” ECOCERT o A European-based organic certification organisation that conducts inspection in over 80 countries o Certified products come with a red ECOCERT label

National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) o A non-profit group set up in 1986 recognised as Australia’s leading organic certifier. o Cetified products come with a green NASSA label

Soil Association o A British-based environmental charity that enforces certification of organic food and farming. o Over 70 per cent of organic products in Britain are certified by the Soil Association.

United States Department of Agriculture o o o o Classifies organic products under 3 categories “100 per cent organic” products are made entirely of organic ingredients. “Organic” products contain at least 95 per cent organic ingredients. “Made with organic ingredients” products contain at least 70 per cent organic ingredients.

Networks
Although Singapore is not represented at the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (www.ifoam.org), Organic SG (groups.yahoo.com/group/OrganicSG/) is a volunteerrun network for organic farmers, organic shops and consumers of organic produce to share and learn about the organic scene in Singapore. Participation in this network is free of charge.

Where you can buy organic
Supermarkets with dedicated organic sections
NTUC FairPrice http://www.fairprice.com.sg/ Hypermarkets in Ang Mo Kio and Hougang Point, NTUC Finest stores in Bukit Timah Plaza and Thomson Plaza Carrefour Suntec City VivoCity, #01-23B

Carrefour Cold Storage – Naturally Marketplace

http://www.carrefour.com.sg/ http://www.coldstorage.com.sg/

Organic Farms
Bollywood Veggies Fire Flies Health Farm Go Organic Farm Green Valley Farm Greencircle Eco Farm Kampung Senang Charity and Education Foundation Quan Fa Organic Farm www.bollywoodveggies.com www.fireflies.sg http://www.goorganic.com.sg/ www.greencicle.com.sg www.kg-senang.org.sg http://www.quanfa.com.sg 1 Bah Soon Pah Rd Singapore 769959 41 Neo Tiew Road Tampines Block 840, Street 82, #01111 20 Lorong Serambi (off Lim Chu Kang Road) 100 Neo Tiew Road Lot 75, Lim Chu Kang Lane 2

Cafes & Restaurants serving organic food
12 x 12 Café Cedele by Bakery Depot www.cedeledepot.com Suntec City CBD: Chevron House, Golden Shoe Carpark, One Raffles Quay North Tower, Millenia Walk, 8 Shenton Way Central: Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1, Novena Square, Tanglin Mall, VivoCity, Jelita East: Frankel Avenue, Parkway Parade West: Nordic European Centre ALL-DAY DINING Great World City, Wheelock Place, Raffles City #03-28A 1 Lorong Telok, S'pore 049014 Bishan Park II, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 325 Beach Road Orchard Building, Velocity, Century Square, Central Kitchen 190 Middle Road, #02-17 Fortune Centre 190 Middle Road, #04-22 Fortune Centre 2 Serangoon Road #01-24, The Verge, S. 218227

Genesis Vegetarian Health Food Restaurant Green Room, The Living Green OrganiCafeXperience Create Healthy Lifestyle Green Pasture Health Food Trading Vegsenz

www.genesishealthfood.blogspot. com www.asmaraspas.com www.organicafexperience.com

Stores selling selected Clothing made from Organic Cotton
After Organic Banana Republic Green Collection Belle & Dean BGO Singapore By The Sea Coosh Life Greenberry Loft Levi's Kyrie International Marks & Spencer Muji's Queen's Couture Quicksilver Timberland Ngee Ann City, Vivo City, Centrepoint, Changi Airport T1, Suntec City, Takashimaya, Parkway Parade, Isetan Scotts, Isetan Tampines, Paragon, OG Albert Complex The Heeren, #04-01 #02-50, The Centrepoint www.afterorganic.com Paragon #02-04 www.belleanddean.com http://www.biggrinorganics.com/ www.bythesea-organic.com http://www.cooshlife.com/index.sh tml 177 River Walley Road, Liang Court, #03-09 #01-32 Raffles City 27A Lorong Mambong, 02-05, Stamford House www.bgo.com.sg

Selected Organic Cosmetics / Bodycare
Adara Coconut Virgin Oil Balm Balm Billie Goat Soap Botanic Source Bud Cosmetics Eminence Jurlique Kanga Organics Lavera Naturkosmetrik www.kangaorganics.com http://www.budcosmetics.com Yogi House, #02-06, Fu Lu Shou Complex Apothecary+Co, Raffles City B1-21 Purely Botanic Noel Building, #05-02 10 Sinaran Drive , #01-66 Square 2 (above Noverna MRT) Botanic Source, Oriental Spa (Mandarin Hotel Level 5) Tangs Orchard, Tangs VivoCity, OG People's Park P.O. Box 543, Serangoon Central, Singapore 915502 Raffles City Watsons, Parkway Parade B1-14, Ngee Ann City, #B206 Isetan Scotts, Metro Paragon, Robinsons The Centrepoint, Raffles City, Tangs VivoCity Raffles City Shopping Centre, B1-74 Square 2, Novena Square

Medtra Origins

PhytoOrganics Purely Organic

Wilde Wood

Purely Botanic

Food Importer / Retailer
Ban Choon Marketing Bright Morning Star Agency Brown Rice Paradise Biogenic International Bunalun http://www.banchoon.com.sg/gen eral/Products.aspx#organic www.bmsagency.com.sg www.mybrp.com.sg http://www.biogenicinternational.c om/ www.bunalun.com 30 Quality Road 51 Bukit Batok Crescent, #07-46, Unity Centre 163 Tanglin Road, 03-15 Tanglin Mall 147B Telok Ayer Street 43 Jalan Merah Saga, 01-70, Chip Bee Gardens 391 Orchard Road, B2-01-3A, Ngee Ann City Block 211, Hougng Street 21, 01-307 Blk 166, Bukit Batok West Ave 8, 01256/258 Lorong Mambong, 01-35, Holland Village Market Blk 104, Yishun Ring Road, 01-13 10 Kung Chong Road Fortune Centre, Middle Road

Camu Camu Nature House Canmark Supermarket Choice Organic Chuan Soon Organic Country Farm Organic Mart Create Healthy Lifestyle Decopon Eat Organic Essential Living Fave: The Dried Fruits & Nuts People Four Seasons Organic Market Go Organic International Health Chapter Kang Bao Lek Veg Centre L'Organic http://www.lorganic.sg/ www.eat-organic.com.sg www.essliv.com www.fave.com.sg www.choiceorganic.com.sg

619H Bukit Timah Road 18 Carpenter Street, #03-18B 16 New Industrial Road, 01-02, Hudson TechnoCentre B2-07 Great World City, Kim Seng Promenade Turf City, 200 Turf Club Road

http://www.goorganic.com.sg/inde x.htm http://HealthChapter.googlepages .com

Blk 406, Tampines Street 41, 01-25 Blk 18, Unit A, Dempsey Road and East Coast Park Farmer's Market on weekends Bedok South, 01-157/519 11 Holland Road Shopping Centre 315 Outram Road, 11-03 Tan Boon Liat Building Blk 1, #02-06, Tanjong Pagar Plaza Cuppage Plaza 100 Beach Road, 01-49, Shaw Towers Blk 194 Pandan Loop, 07-11, Pantech Woodlands

Li Xiang Market Love For Earth Nature's Glory Nature Zone NutriHub The Organic Fusion Café Oasis Organic Organic 4 Less Trading Organic Garden Organic Himalayan Organic Living Hub www.loveforearth.com/ www.natures-glory.com

Blk 78, Redhill Lane, 01-17

Organic Paradise

www.organic-paradise.com.sg

Organic Story Piore Sensible Choices Sharon Organics Sky Organic Spring Organics Sunny Choice Supernature Supreme Organic Taste Original Teng Yang Veg & Organic The Sukha House http://www.sukhahouse.com/shop / http://www.totallynature.com.sg/ www.unitednature.com.sg, www.iorganic.tv www.wholeseomliving-sg.com www.yesnatural.biz www.supernature.com.sg http://www.skyorganic.com/ www.sensiblechoicesgroup.com

5 Koek Road, #01-25/27, Cuppage Plaza 62 Temple Street, #01-01 Blk 263, Serangoon Central Drive, 0177 Blk 3, Queen's Road, #02-163 32 Maxwell Road, #03-07 Blk 320, 01-39, Shunfu Market 101 Upper Cross Street, 03-78A 511 Guillemard Road, 03-10, Grandlink Square 434 Upper Bukit Timah, Railway Mall 21 Orchard Boulevard, 01-21/27, Park House Blk 44 Owen Road, #01-307 Blk 721, Clementi West, 01-122 Blk 70, Toa Payoh Lorong 4 705 Sims Drive, #06-04B, Shun Li Industrial Complex, Singapore 387384 362 Upper Paya Lebar Road, 05-09, Da Jin Factory Building Blk 416, Pandan Gardens, #01-130 55 Lorong 27 Geylang Blk 79, 01-121, Redhill Lane Blk 921 Yishun Central 1, 01-257 Blk 14, 01-25, Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre

Totally Nature Unitednature (Far East) Pte Ltd Wholesome Living Yes Natural Yising Trading Yong Xu Organic Enterprise Zenxin Agri-Organic Food

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