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Definition of Organic

This definition of "organic" was passed by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) at its April 1995 meeting in Orlando, FL.
"Organic agriculture 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 Certification

For a grower or processor to become certified, they must adhere to strict uniform standards which are verified by either a private or public certifying agency. These standards include:
  • The land on which the organic food is grown must be free of prohibited substances for three years prior to certification.
  • Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of the farming methods and their materials used in production.
  • All of these methods and materials are inspected annually by a third party certifying agent.
  • All farmers and handlers are required to maintain written plans detailing their organic management practices.

The Cost Of Organic Food

Organically grown foods typically do cost more than conventionally produced foods because organic production must meet stricter regulations for the growing, harvesting, transporting and storing of food. This forces the process to be more labor-and management-intensive driving up the cost of production. In addition, government programs do not subsidize organic farming. With the indirect costs of conventional farming, including cleanup of polluted waters, replacement of eroded soils, costs of health care for farmers and their workers, the evidence is strong that the cost of organic food production may actually be equal to or even less than conventional food production.
For further reading on this issue you can download the PDF file entitled "The True Cost of Organic Produce".

Nutritional Value of Organic Foods

There is no conclusive evidence that organic foods are more nutritious than conventionally grown foods. However, by not using potentially harmful pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, and fertilizers on the food, you are spared the health risks that have been associated with the use of these chemicals.

Organic Acreage

Organic Farming is practiced in approximately 100 countries throughout the world, with nearly 57 million acres now under organic management. North America has more than 3.7 million acres.
-The World of Organic Agriculture 2003-Statistics and Future Prospects, February 2003. http://www.ifoam.org/ or http://www.soel.de/inahlte/publikationen/s/s_74.pdf.

How Many Organic Farms?

According to chairman Anthony Rodale in a talk at the Organic Trade Association's 2003 All Things Organic( Conference and Trade Show in Austin, TX, in May 2003), certified organic U.S. farmers now number approximately 12,200.
-The Rodale Institute, http://www.newfarm.org/pressroom/pressreleases/press052203.shtml.

Consumer Demand and Availability

"Consumer demand rose throughout the 1990s - 20% or more annually - and that pace has continued. Organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural foods stores and 73% of conventional grocery stores, and account for approximately 1-2% of total food sales in the United States.
-Catherine Greene and Carolyn Dimitri, in Amber Waves, February 2003, USDA's Economic Research Service, http://www.ers.usda.gov/amberwaves/feb03/findings/organicagriculture.htm.

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Pesto & Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza - Made w/Organic Ingredients - 11 OZ.


Ingredients

Organic soft wheat flour, organic tomato puree, water, organic mozzarella cheese (organic pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), pesto sauce with basil (basil, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, water, hard cheese [milk, salt, enzymes, egg lysozyme, dietary fiber], rice starch, salt, garlic), mozzarella cheese from buffalo milk buffalo milk, salt, enzymes), salt, extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, yeast, malted wheat flour, salt, sugar (sucrose), basil. Contains wheat and milk.