What is Organic Farming?

We hear so much today about “organic” related to our food production, eating as well as other products. And, as with most things, there are truths, partial truths, and no truths! This blog will help to define and educate the reader so that they can make their own decision about the use or not of organic products. We are all individuals and what appeals or works for us may be very different from family members, friends or associates.

So, let’s start with a definition – What is organic farming?
This information was taken from a recent Rodale Institute blog. I pass it along so that we are all starting with the same definition. (Source: https://rodaleinstitute.org/truthaboutorganic/)

According to the USDA
“Organic production is not simply the avoidance of conventional chemical inputs, nor is it the substitution of natural inputs for synthetic ones. Organic farmers apply techniques first used thousands of years ago, such as crop rotations and the use of composted animal manures and green manure crops, in ways that are economically sustainable in today’s world. In organic production, overall system health is emphasized, and the interaction of management practices is the primary concern. Organic producers implement a wide range of strategies to develop and maintain biological diversity and replenish soil fertility.”

A product with the USDA Organic seal means you can be assured that item was produced without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers and that it is GMO-free. Organic also prohibits dozens of other chemical additives and preservatives.