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Pondering the Meaning of Organic
The word “organic” is everywhere. Showing up in our grocery stores, stamped on our apples, and labels of beauty products. Though what does Organic mean?
Unlike the words “all-natural” or “non-toxic,” Organic is regulated by the USDA following strict guidelines. Say goodbye to toxic and synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, which means fresher, healthier fruits and edibles for you! Not only are there health benefits to eating organic food, but also on how organic farming impacts the farmers, their communities, and our planet.
What does it mean to be USDA Organically grown?
- USDA Organic crops are grown exclusively on land that has gone without having non-USDA Organic approved substances applied for three years.
- No pesticides for us, please! Organically grown crops are highly regulated on what can and cannot be used for pest control—worried about harsh chemicals that have been sprayed on your plant? There is only a small number of approved synthetic chemicals that are allowed to be used. Otherwise, farmers use strict biological, mechanical, and physical management practices.
- Not just any type of seeds are used to grow and harvest organic plants: farmers can only use organic seeds or organically raised seedlings in their organic fields.
- Only the best handling is allowed! Organic and non-organic crops are not allowed to be commingled or near each other. Cross-contamination can occur, botching the organic plant’s purity due to non-organic substances that could have been sprayed on non-organic harvests; this would cause the organic plant to be considered compromised.
- Fields are carefully cultivated through crop rotation and proper tillage practices to ensure that the soil and the soil’s nutrients are kept at a happy balance. Animal manure, not sludge, is allowed to help infuse the soil with nitrogen to support the growth of the organic crops.
Soil nutrition is something many of us don’t really think about. It’s dirt; what is there to worry about. Though so many factors go into healthy gardening, healthy farming, and healthy eating. Conventional farming can strip the soil of its nutrients, which leads soil to become unusable and no longer farmable—then leading to empty fields, habitats that have been cut down, unusable. In a world of overpopulation, we are also growing an increasing amount of empty, unusable farmland.
Think of it as long-term food security or gardening – the more nutritious the soil, the more nutrients our fruits and vegetables have. If you think about it, we eat food for nutrients (or at least we try..2021, here we come!). Plants get nutrients from the soil, so when that peach or pear is growing in soil that isn’t healthy, that piece of food isn’t going to have as many nutrients in the long run.
Bonus! Organic soil retains more water, meaning less water is needed to grow in organic soil, less runoff, and few chemicals in our water supply! Drink clean, and eat clean!
Organic Farming Boost Biodiversity: All things Big and small
Biodiversity is the variety of life found on earth, boosting ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play, from pollinating to enriching our soil. The ecosystem in organically grown areas is able to flourish!
Decades of intensive land-usage have reduced habitats for wild species worldwide. Conventional agriculture has contributed to biodiversity loss by using toxic herbicides and insecticides, which accumulate in ground and surface waters. This pollutes the natural habitats of wildlife, pollinators, and fisheries.
Since organic farming uses natural practices and zero chemicals – biodiversity is able to flourish! Cultivating a better ecosystem for insects and pollinators, in turn bringing up our bird and animal population!
The benefits of organic food
I think we can all hit ‘refresh’ for this next year! What a better way to ring in 2021 than with clean, healthy eating with USDA organic fruit and nut trees! So the big question – is eating Organic better for you? The answer is YES! No harmful or toxic chemicals found here, like pesticides, synthetic hormones, or artificial coloring. Studies have shown an increase in vitamins and nutrients in organic fruit; 70% higher levels of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables.
Organic even taste better! With richer soil, and no chemicals, these fruits and vegetables are able to flourish in their natural sweetness and taste! Maybe you’ll be able to get kids to eat their greens after all!