The National Organic Standards Board Definition of "Organic"
The following definition
of "organic" was passed by the NOSB at its April 1995
meeting in Orlando, FL.
is an ecological production management system that promotes and
enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity.
It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management
practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
‘Organic’ is a labeling term that denotes products
produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act.
The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials
and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems
and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological
Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are
completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize
pollution from air, soil and water.
Organic food handlers, processors and retailers adhere to standards
that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products.
The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health
and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants,
animals and people."
10 Top Reasons to Go Organic
(and there are many, many more!)
Organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of poisonous chemicals.
The average conventionally-grown apple has 20-30 artificial poisons
on its skin, even after rinsing. Trust your instincts, and go
Fresh organic produce contains on average 50% more vitamins, minerals,
enzymes and other micro-nutrients than intensively farmed produce.
Science says that it's good for you.
Going organic is the only practical way to avoid eating genetically
modified (GM) food. And by buying organic food, you are registering
your mistrust of GMO's and doing your bit to protest against them.
If you eat dairy or meat products, going organic has never been
more essential to safeguard you and your family's health. Intensively-reared
dairy cows and farm animals are fed a dangerous cocktail of anti-biotics,
hormones, anti-parasite drugs and many other medicines on a daily
basis, whether they have an illness or not. These drugs are passed
directly onto the consumers of their dairy produce or meat., which
must be a contributing factor to meat-related diseases like coronaries
and high blood pressure.
About 99% of non-organic farm animals in the UK are now fed GM
soya. And there has never been a reported case of BSE in organic
cattle in the UK. Common sense says that organic is safe food.
Organic produce simply tastes so much better. Fruit and vegetables
full of juice and flavour, and so many different varieties to
try! There are about 100 different kinds of organic potatoes in
production in the UK, and that's just potatoes!
Organic farms support and nurture our beautiful and diverse wildlife.
Over the last thirty years, intensive farming in the UK has led
to dramatic erosion of the soil, a fall of up to 70% of wild birds
in some areas, the destruction of ancient hedgerows, and the near
extinction of some of the most beautiful species of butterflies,
frogs, grass-snakes and wild mammals.
Organic food is not really more expensive than intensively farmed
foods, as we pay for conventional foods through our taxes. We
spend billion of pounds every year cleaning up the mess that agro-chemicals
make to our natural water supply. And the BSE crisis cost us 4
billion pounds. Go organic for a genuine more cost-effective future.
Intensive farming can seriously damage farm workers' health. There
are much higher instances of cancer, respiratory problems and
other major diseases in farm workers from non-organic farms. This
is particularly true in developing countries, and for agrochemical
farms growing cotton. So go organic if you care about other people.
And if you simply like the idea of your children and grandchildren
being able to visit the countryside and play in the forests and
fields just like we did when we were young, go organic for the
sake of all of our futures.