The organic food industry is celebrating Valentine's Day by kicking off the Love Organic Symposium in Canberra.
Taking place at Parliament House over two days, the symposium will feature talks by industry leaders on growing business through export and innovation.
There will be recommendations for the structure and governance of a proposed peak body, including presentations on all viable options and discussions on developing a road map for Australia’s organic industry.
The government will this month close submissions on a review of the only protective organic legislation in Australia.
Australian Organic Ltd (AOL) members have been working towards turning the group into a standalone, member-owned, not-for-profit industry services organisation.
Guest speakers at the symposium will include David Cunningham (Export Standards Department of Agriculture and Water Resources), Hon David Littleproud (MP Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources), Nola Marino (MP) and Hon Joel Fitzgibbon (MP).
On Thursday, Deloitte will host a public consultation to discuss a review of the regulation of organic product exports, aimed at improving direct market access for Australian organic producers.
A national survey conducted last year showed that more than two out of three households purchased organic products in the last year, according to the AOL.