What does Organic mean?
According to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, â€œOrganic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.â€
The label â€˜Certified Organicâ€™ is defined by the Organic Trade Association as a label that â€œMeans 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.”
Both are good things, the problems arise when the word ‘organic’ just becomes another buzzword like ‘light’ or ‘fresh’. The only way to be sure is to read the labels, look for the approved logos, keep yourself educated and be wary of products whose very name is organic. ‘Organic Granola’ may just be a company’s renaming of ‘Crunchy Granola’.
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This article deciphers all those labels, to let you know what you’re buying.