What is Organic?
Technically all farm food is organic as the term is defined as matter that has come from a once living organism. Over the years, however, we have come to know organic food as produce and other ingredients grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation. For meat, eggs and dairy it means there are no antibiotics or growth hormones used to stimulate production or growth.
Chemicals and pesticides are used on crops to increase yields by preventing damage from insects and pests. With high populations in Western countries the demand for all types of food has gone up but consumers still want to keep their own costs down. In order to meet the demands of stores and consumers farmers have had to come up with methods to increase their crop each yield. The use of pesticides has helped farmers keep up with demand while also keeping costs down.
Farmers didn’t start using common pesticides until the early 1900s wi…
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