What is Organic Food?

United States
April 28, 2007 11:31am CST
What is Organic Food? Isn't it the same with vegetables, because they are naturally grown? And what is the difference with the vegetables we buy from organic foods?
2 responses
• Philippines
28 Apr 07
Organic food is, in general, food produced without the use of artificial pesticides, herbicides, and in may definitions genetically modified organisms. Organic food can be either fresh or processed, based on production methods. Fresh, "unprocessed" organic food, such as vegetables and fruits are purchased directly from growers, at farmer's markets etc., Unprocessed animal products like organic meat, eggs, dairy, are less commonly available in "fresh" form. Processed food accounts for most of the items in a supermarket. Most processed organic food comes from large food conglomerates producing and marketing products like canned goods, frozen vegetables, prepared dishes and other convenience foods.
@vishkren (21)
• India
28 Apr 07
In todays world of high demand for the growing population we have no option but to go for addition of ARTIFICIAL fertilzers , pesticides , herbicides , etc which give a high yield per area of the production . But being artificial it does have its own side effects and some people think it is less nutritious .So recent trends are switching over to foods which are available from naturally grown plants , vegatables where there is no addition of these artificial things and all the pests are taken of using natural pest control that is going nature's way ...all that we are doing is going back to ancient system of producing grains and vegetables .. and ya organic vegatables are different in that they are grown naturally without using artificial fertilizers ...... so the only differnce is whether its use of artificial system or of natural system of growing
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