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Organic Food Part1

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Does organic food really contribute to better health, or are the pluses of going organic insignificant? Countless consumers have been asking themselves this question of late.

Let’s first look at the word organic and how it is used. Farming organically means that one adheres to particular principles relating to human, animal, and environmental issues. Farming organically means that chemicals are not employed in planting and harvesting food. Farming organically is just one part of a larger emphasis on causing less harm to animals, the environment, and to human beings that eat the farmed food. Globally, the organic market is presently worth more than $27 billion, with the land area devoted to it equaling the size of Italy.

The Organic Label
If a food product has an organic label it means that it was grown on a farm, and also that its processors and importers have been validated by a known process of certification. With a processed food item, at least 95% of it must be made up of organically farmed ingredients. The rest of the ingredients can be non-organic, but they must go through an approval process.

The makers of organic food items must stick to the following rules to receive organic certification: Nitrous oxide is present in fertilizers, so they can’t be used. Instead, farmers can alternate planted crops (known as crop rotation), as this leaves more natural nutrients behind, or they can use manure. They must not use pesticides. Instead, pests are controlled with other insects, and the act of weeding and planting other crops side-by-side as a way to control each other’s pests.

Preservatives can’t be used. Nor can artificial colorings or most other additives. Animals must be treated humanely by having access to areas where they are free to roam and by being fed organic food, as well as other considerations. There are also minimum slaughter ages for animals.

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