According to the Organic Trade Association
Organic refers to the way agricultural products—food and fiber—are grown and processed. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food
According to Organic.org
Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
|The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
A study by the
Annals of Internal Medicine was conducted in 2012.While the study finds that organics do have some safety advantages over conventional foods, nutritionally speaking they have little extra to offer.
The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
||Organic.org makes this staement on their web site: At this time, there is no definitive research that makes this claim. It is extremely difficult to conduct studies that would control the many variables that might affect nutrients, such as seeds, soil type, climate, postharvest handling, and crop variety.
However, some recently published studies in peer-reviewed journals have shown organic foods to have higher nutritional value. For example, researchers at the University of California, Davis, recently found that organic tomatoes had higher levels of phytochemicals and vitamin C than conventional tomatoes.
According to the
Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Nectarines - imported
Sweet bell peppers
Kale / collard greens +
Summer squash +
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Sweet peas - frozen
According to Organic.org , organic farming practices
Keeps Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies.
Reduces if Not Eliminate Off Farm Pollution,.
Protects Future Generations.
Builds Healthy Soil.
Taste Better and has Truer Flavor.
Assists Family Farmers of all Sizes.
Avoids Hasty and Poor Science in Your Food.
Eating with a Sense of Place.
Celebrates the Culture of Agriculture.
Full details here
The Organic Trade Association notes that if every farmer in the U.S. converted to organic production, we could eliminate 500 million pounds of persistent and harmful pesticides
from entering the environment annually.
According to Scientific American factory farming is factory farming, whether its organic or conventional. Many large organic farms use pesticides liberally. They're organic by certification, but you'd never know it if you saw their farming practices. As Michael Pollan, best-selling book author and organic supporter, said in an interview with Organic Gardening,
“They're organic by the letter, not organic in spirit… if most organic consumers went to those places, they would feel they were getting ripped off.”
What makes organic farming different, then? It's not the use of pesticides , it's the origin of the pesticides used . Organic pesticides are those that are derived from natural sources and processed lightly if at all before use. This is different than the current pesticides used by conventional agriculture, which are generally synthetic. It has been assumed for years that pesticides that occur naturally (in certain plants, for example) are somehow better for us and the environment than those that have been created by man. As more research is done into their toxicity, however, this simply isn't true, either. Many natural pesticides have been found to be potential – or serious – health risks. Full article here