What is the difference between non-organic foods and organic foods?

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Organic farming according to the existing rules, is farming that uses naturally produced pesticides as opposed to synthetically produced. It uses naturally produced fertilizers primarily animal feces, slaughter house by products such as dried blood, powdered hooves, bones and horns and also fish carcasses from fish packing operations. No synthetically produced fertilizer is supposed to be used.


Keep in mind that based upon the primary fertilizer source, organic produce is not safer than conventional- think E. coli and salmonella.


A farmer can be pesticide free and still use conventional fertilizer. In this case the farmer cannot be considered organic since the existing rules for organic farming only allows naturally produced fertilizer as described above.


In general it is suspect when someone is growing and selling produce as pesticide free. This is not impossible, but requires very special circumstances. Usually it is someone who thinks they are growing organically and they do not count natural pesticides as pesticides.


Certified Organic farmers use pesticides. That is a fact. They
continually deny this. The distinction they make is that they are
allowed to use natural pesticides rather than synthetic pesticides.
Example: Pyrethrum is a chemical nerve toxin extracted from African
chrysanthemums. This "natural" extract has been used as a pesticide
on food crops by both organic and conventional farmers for over a
century. The EPA listed pyrethrum as a likely carcinogen in 1999.


Pyrethrum is one of the most popular pesticides used by organic
farmers today. There is also a synthetic version of pyrethrum
available. The organic movement has cleverly used word games to
mislead the public. They claim that the natural pyrethrum is not a
pesticide because it is natural, not man made, and that the synthetic
version is a pesticide. To avoid the correct and technically accurate
term "pesticide", organic activists use terms like extracts, inputs,
materials or natural substances. Anthrax, Ricin and Strychnine are also natural substances.


Interestingly, conventional farmers must submit detailed monthly
reporting on every pesticide application they make to the department
of agriculture yet organic farmers do not. The reports require
specific application rates, locations, and concentrations used.
Growers are not allowed to vary from what the label use is. Their
purchases are reported by their suppliers so the purchases and use can
be cross referenced.


There are no reporting requirements for organic farming! That means
they are free to use any amounts of these "natural" pesticides, in any
concentration, with no one keeping track of what is going on.


There is also no requirement for pesticide residue testing on organic
produce.


Those who claim organic means no pesticides are used are either misinformed or dishonest.


Organic farming can be a bad option for the environment as well. Due to the lower yields and heavy crop losses from insect damage and weed competition, the organic farmer must use more land to produce the same amount of produce compared to conventional farmers. Organic farming is inefficient, wasteful, and takes more land away from wildlife and other environmental uses to produce the same amount of food that conventional farming does.
Organic vegetables, fruits and meat are produced without the use of hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, germ-killing radiation or genetic modification.
1. Organic food is the best type of food for many reasons. The food does not have as many pesticides as non-organic food this means that it is less harmful for humans, plants and animals. Also two of the pesticides that are used are natural pesticides. Organic food tastes much better than non-organic foods. Organic foods use pesticides on only one crop. However Non-organic foods use pesticides on all of their crops. Organic foods are looked after much better as they have to be grown in a certain way. Also more people are employed to look after the crops and animals. The organic crops are assessed to see if they are okay to be organic; however the non-organic crops are not and are just sold without checking. Organic food is 'natural' this is because it does not include as many chemicals or pesticides. Organic food is a lot more expensive than Non-organic foods. It also does not last as long because it has not got any preservatives in them. This is bad because you would have to through the food earlier than Non- organic food. The products have to go very far before they reach the stores so this would be bad for global warming as it is creating pollution for every lorry to deliver the organic foods to the stores. Organic food is also 20% less productive than Non-organic food.
Organic food generally means that the crops used in producing the food were grown without pesticides, that the seeds that sprouted the crops were never genetically modified and the fertilizer used contains no sewage sludge. In the case of livestock (such as cows and chickens), the animals are fed organic food and are never injected with hormones. In the US, foods marked as organic usually have to meet certain standards set by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers who grow food and raise livestock organically have to be very meticulous about their farming techniques and must be sure to keep detailed records in case the USDA shows up unannounced to inspect. Non-organic food on the other hand is not required to meet such standards. When differentiating between non-organic and organic food, people typically think "pesticides vs. no pesticides" or "hormones vs. no hormones."
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