Rising Awareness of Organic Food for Health Benefits Propels Global Organic Food Market

Published Date : May 02, 2016

Organic farming refers to a particular way of crop cultivation and processing of agricultural products such as cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products. Organic farming practices are designed for soil and water conservation practices, and to curb pollution. This is achieved by utilizing natural fertilizers in place of chemical ones and employing crop rotation to manage weeds, as opposed to conventional methods for controlling the growth of weeds. 

Organic foods are produced in compliance with government regulations laid down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These norms regulate the practices in which food is grown, processed, and handled. Therefore, and food product or beverage that has an organic labeling need to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The objective of organic regulatory agencies is to monitor and control farming practices so as to decreases chances of food contamination and for an improved quality of food and beverages. 

The health-conscious population alludes organic food to be natural and uses the term interchangeably. However, they are not the same. Organic foods are those that contain ingredients grown and processed in accordance with specifications laid down by the USDA. On the other hand, natural foods simply refer to food or beverages that have not been altered chemically and does not contain antibiotics, hormones, and artificial flavors.