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The World's First and Newest Organic Magazines are Australian

Paull, John (2009) The World's First and Newest Organic Magazines are Australian. The Organic Way (1), pp. 22-23.

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Australia was an early adopter and advocate for organic farming. The world's first farming organisation to adopt "organic" into its title was the Australian Organic Farming and Gardening Society (1944-1955). The Society published the Organic Farming DIgest, starting in April 1946. The Organic Farming Digest was the first "organic" agriculture journal in the world to be published by an association. The Australian Organic Farming and Gardening Society and the Organic Farming Digest both predate the founding of the UK Soil Association. The Australian Society developed and published a set of 10 principles of organic farming, the first institution to do so. The principles enunciated by the Australian Organic Farming and Gardening Society condemned the use of toxic sprays in agriculture, expressed concern for soil micro-organisms, worms, bees and birds, decried the pollution of rivers, urged water conservation, condemned deforestation, urged large-scale tree planting, and advocated mixed farming rather than monocultural farming practices. This account of Australia's organic pioneering society is published in the first edition of Australia's new organic business magazine, The Organic Way.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Australian Organic Farming and Gardening Society, Organic Farming Digest, Farming and Gardening Digest, first principles of organic agriculture, history of organic farming.
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Country reports > Australia
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:15934
Deposited On:29 Jul 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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