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ORGANIC, CONVENTIONAL AND NATURAL

What are some of the differences among organic, conventional and natural?

               

TOXIC PERSISTENT PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES

Organic:                               Not allowed in organic farming.

Natural/Conventional:            Allowed in conventional farming.

 

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMO)

Organic:                               Not allowed in organic farming and organic food.

Natural/Conventional:            Allowed in conventional farming and natural food.

 

ANTIBIOTICS

Organic:                               Not allowed in organic farming.

Natural/Conventional:            Allowed in conventional farming.

 

SLUDGE AND IRRADIATION

Organic:                               Not allowed in organic farming.

Natural/Conventional:            Allowed in conventional farming.

 

ANIMAL WELFARE REQUIREMENTS

Organic:                               Required in organic farming.

Natural/Conventional:            Not required in conventional farming.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

Organic:                               Reduces environmental pollution.

Natural/Conventional:            Increases environmental pollution.

 

 

ABILITY TO HAVE FOOD AUDIT TRAIL FROM FARM TO CONSUMER

Organic:                               Has food audit trail from farm to consumer.

Natural/Conventional:            Not required to have food audit trail from farm to consumer.

 

INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION REQUIRED

Organic:                               Required in order to sell food nationally and internationally.

Natural/Conventional:            Not required to sell food.

 

ANIMALS ARE REQUIRED TO BE ROAMING AND EATING FREELY IN OUTSIDE OPEN SPACES

Organic:                               Required in organic agriculture.

Natural/Conventional:            Not required in conventional agriculture.

 

MATERIALS/INPUTS USED MUST BE APPROVED

Organic:                               Required in organic farming.

Natural/Conventional:            Not required in conventional farming.

 

HAS SPECIFIC DEFINITION

Organic:                              Organic food has specific definition and requirements as to

                                          how it is produced.

Natural/Conventional:           Natural food and conventional farming has no specific  

                                          requirements nor definition.

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