Organic food - What makes food Organic?

organic general logoThe definition is food that is produced by recognized methods of Organic standard farming.

Unfortunately, like many organizations, these methods do vary throughout the world, but the general principles hold trues. These include the management and respect towards resource, ecology, and the conservation of biodiversity. Organic products usually restrict crop growing using pesticides and fertilizers. The resulting processed food products are also free of irradiation, solvents or any synthetic food additives.

Although many small food producers, and individuals, can and do grow food to meet an acceptable organic standard, it cannot be sold as organic, or at least it cannot have an organic label, unless the producer has the appropriate certification to indicate that they have complied with the specific countries' Organic program.

Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, (and other countries) have recognized authorities, for example, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) or the European Commission (EC)

Organic food, also includes organic wine, port and sherry, Organic Chocolate and Organic Coffee

Many types of Organic food, drinks, Coffee etc can also be produced under Fair Trade principles, the ways of meeting the two disciplines can often be mutually acheivable.