We love to offer information about organic farming so here are handful of info to add on your organic vocabulary:
- Converting land to organic status is a three-year process. There is a two-year conversion process consisting of building up the fertility of the land. Produce grown in the first year cannot be stated as organic. In the second year produce may be stated as “In Conversion”. It is not until the third year that produce may be stated as fully organic. Soil and natural fertility building are important parts of organic farming.
- How organic products are being labeled:
- 100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients
- Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients
- Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
- Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.
- Take a look at the difference between conventional and organic farmers:
- apply chemical fertilizers to the soil to grow their crops
- spray with insecticides to protect crops from pests and disease
- use synthetic herbicides to control weed growth
- feed soil and build soil matter with natural fertilizer to grow their crops
- use insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers to protect crops from pests and disease
- make use of crop rotation, mechanical tillage and hand-weeding, as well as cover crops, mulches, flame weeding and other management methods to control weed growth
- As a last resort, organic farmers may apply certain botanical or other non-synthetic pesticides (for example, rotenone and pyrethrins, both of which are from plants).