An Organic-Definition

An Organic-Definition ~ Natures Health Foods

For many people this particular term may simply refer to "naturally produced" food.

But it actually has a more strict legal connotation.

To be labeled "certified organic".

Foods have to meet a set of requirements, which vary from one country to the next.

In the United States, the criteria include:

Not using any synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and so forth.

Not using any genetically modified organisms.

Growing the food on farmland that has been chemical free for at least three years.

Frequent inspection of the sites where organic food is grown.

Keeping detailed records of growth, production and sale of organic products.

The goals of these methods include; enhancing human health.

Preserving environmental systems, promoting biodiversity, and recycling resources.

The demand for healthier food is growing and evolving.

Organic food for everyone is possible.

Even so, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) warns.

That "organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues.

Yet, methods are used to cut pollution from the air, soil and water."

So, how is organic food certified?

After three years of growing produce without any chemicals or pesticides.

Farmer's must have their entire farm and equipment inspected by an independent agency.

To verify that it meets the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards.

If a label says "natural", it means that the food has not been processed.

But it isn't organic.

Always look for the label "USDA certified organic".

Or an equal label for the country in which you live.

Organic-definition and what are the benefits of organic food?

The supposed benefits of organics are always debated.

Many critics say that the advantages touted by its proponents.

Are not proven.

Although the debate is ongoing.

A report by the UK Soil Association concluded.

An organic diet has many advantages, including:

The reduction in the amount of toxic chemicals consumed.

The decrease in the amount of food additives and colorings.

An avoidance of modified organisms.

The increase of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants ingested.

A decrease in the incidence of conditions such as coronary heart disease.

Cancer, allergies, and even hyperactivity in children.

The reduction in the use of chemical production methods.

While it's obvious.

The methods used to grow organic foods are less damaging than traditional ones.

More research is needed to determine whether these other "benefits" are real.

Organic-definition and how can you tell whether it's organic?

Given that the definition of organic food is based on "negatives".

Such as what not to do when growing it.

Rather than on positives such as scientific formulas allowing us to identify it.

The distinction between organic and regular food isn't always so clear.

The easiest way to ensure that the food you are buying is organic.

Buy it direct from a farm, where you can verify the growing and processing techniques.

Based on the above organic-definition.

We realize this is not a viable option for most city dwellers.

Who then must rely on the "certified organic" product labeling.

So, we hope this clears up the question, what is "the" organic-definition.

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