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organic food

A broadly defined category of food which, in the purest form, is grown without chemical fertilisers or pesticides and sold to the consumer without adding preservatives and synthetic food enhancers; it is widely believed by advocates of alternative healthcare that organically grown foods are safer and more nutritious; however, there are no compelling data that demonstrate clear superiority of organic over non-organic foods. Organic products may be certified by voluntary organisations or government bodies, such as “Farm-Verified organics” and “California Certified Organic Farmer”.

or·gan·ic food

(ōr-gan'ik fūd)
Food grown or raised without the use of additives, coloring, synthetic chemicals (e.g., fertilizers, pesticides, hormones), radiation, or genetic manipulation and meeting criteria of the U.S.D.A. Standard National Organic Program.

organic food

A crop or animal product cultivated with specific guidelines that limit the use of petrochemicals, radiation, or genetically engineered technologies in its agriculture.
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While I do not think organic and natural meat products are going to dominate overall meat department sales anytime soon, it is time to pay attention to consumers looking for organic and natural items in every category of the store by offering quality, easy-to-find options that clearly state why they are worth the prices.
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And my dad's dream came true"--the USDA established a natural meat label.
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NBJ predicts that natural and organic foods will grow the fastest of any healthy foods categories in the next eight years with growth of organic reaching nearly 10% in 2012 as product categories like organic fruits & vegetables and natural meat, fish & poultry sidle into the mainstream.
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