How is an organic food different that a traditionally grown one?
Organic is a labeling term that specifies that the food has been grown in a sustainable way, promoting ecological balance, and without the use of most conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering. The USDA has developed National Organic Standards
, which provide specific criteria that must be met during the foods production, handling, and processing in order for the food to be labeled organic. Organic certification agencies inspect and verify that producers are in compliance with the USDA organic regulations.