What does Organic mean?
Organic refers to a method of farming which is defined by government standards. In order for a food to be labeled organic, the farmers growing and processing the food must be certified to meet USDA standards. In general, synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers and other materials such as hormones and antibiotics are not allowed, although certain organically approved pesticides may be used under limited conditions. Organic foods are also not processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or chemical food additives. According to the USDA, “The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.” Organic refers not just to fruits and vegetables but also to grains, dairy, meat, poultry, and fish.
Difference between Conventional vs Organic Farming
|Conventional Farming||Organic Farming|
|Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.||Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.|
|Spray synthetic insecticides to reduce pests and disease.||Spray pesticides from natural sources; use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.|
|Use synthetic herbicides to manage weeds.||Use environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds; rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.|
|Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.||Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.|
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Eating healthy produce without chemicals brings you one step closer to a healthier life!
1) United States Department of Agriculture.
2) The Mayo Clinic.