Wiki Organic Food

Definition and Traits

Definition: Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives
Longer Description: Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity by relying on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control, and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity. It controls pests, excluding or strictly limiting the use of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, plant growth regulator. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. Organic farming combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.
Certified Organic- means that the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set.

Environmental Impact

  • Organic farms do not consume or release synthetic pesticides into the environment. Some of these have the potential to harm soil, water and local terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
  • Organic farms are better than conventional farms at sustaining diverse ecosystems, i.e., populations of plants and insects, as well as animals.
  • When calculated per unit area, organic farms use less energy and produce less waste, e.g., waste such as packaging materials for chemicals.