Organic Foods Defined - More Than Natural
by Alan Joel
In our natural foods article, we looked at "natural foods" and discovered that the quality and production methods of natural foods were left completely to the food producer's discretion. Natural foods can mean almost anything. But "organic" is a term that is clearly defined and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here are some quick definitions for the term "organic food" in crop production and livestock:
ORGANIC CROP PRODUCTION
- Land must have no
prohibited substances applied to it for at least
three years before the harvest of an organic
- Use of genetic
engineering, irradiation and sewage sludge is
- Soil fertility and crop
nutrients must be managed through tillage and
cultivation, supplemented with animal and crop
waste materials and allowed synthetic materials.
- Preference must be
given to use of organic seeds and other plant
stock, but a farmer can use non-organic seeds
and plant stock under certain conditions.
- Crop pests, weeds and diseases must be controlled primarily through management practices including physical, mechanical and biological controls. When these practices are not sufficient, a biological, botanical or synthetic substance from a specific list of approved synthetics may be used.
- Antibiotics and
synthetic hormones are prohibited.
- 100% organic-feed is
required with some vitamins allowed.
- Animals for slaughter
must be raised organically from birth, or no
later than the second day of life for poultry.
- Vaccines are allowed.
- Access to outdoors,
including access to pastures for ruminants, is
required. Animals can be temporarily confined
only for reasons of health, safety or to protect
soil or water quality.
- Withholding treatment from sick animals is prohibited; animals treated with prohibited medication (e.g., antibiotics) must be removed from the organic operation.
Regulations quoted from "Dairy Foods," Jan, 2001, by Donna Berry.
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