Written on September 18, 2011 – 12:00 am | by admin
Organic farming relies on unconventional techniques to maintain soil and control pests. Sophisticated crop rotation; mulch, manure, and compost; and biological pest control are some of the techniques applied in organic agriculture. Organic farming encourages soil and water conservation, and its practices reduce pollution.
Once found only at farmer’s markets and health food stores, organic food is now available at most supermarkets. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) now has an organic certification program. It requires organic foods to meet certain government standards, which regulate how the foods are grown, processed, and handled.
The USDA organic seal is voluntary, but many organic farmers use it. Foods that carry the USDA “100 Percent Organic” seal must be completely organic. These include foods such as fruits, vegetables, and eggs — single ingredient foods.
Organic products that contain more than one ingredient, such as breakfast cereal, may use the USDA “Organic” seal if they are at least 95 percent organic. Farmers that produce foods that are at least 70 percent organic can label them as “made with organic ingredients,” but they cannot use the USDA seal.
Some people buy organic foods because they are concerned about pesticides and food additives. Others buy organic for environmental reasons. In-season fruits and vegetables are the most popular organic foods on the market today.Take a look here to learn more: Organic Foods That Belong in Your Kitchen