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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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Another advantage is that organic foods do not contain growth hormones or antibiotic residues.
Since the beginning of this year, the number of organic food producers has increased by 38 subjects to a total of 645 producers, the number of organic farmers by 141 subjects to the current 4 412 organic farmers.
Moreover, Indian organic food manufacturers have been focusing on improving quality of organic food over the last few years which is anticipated to strengthen consumers' trust in organic food products in the country.
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Although the Stanford research acknowledged the lack of published evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods, the researchers did however cite higher levels of total beneficial phenols in organic produce, omega 3 fatty acids in organic milk and chicken and vaccenic acid in organic chicken.
Use the Five Forces analysis to determine the competitive intensity and therefore attractiveness of the organic food market in the United Kingdom.
The international organic food industry is currently worth more than USD 40 billion, and the most demand for organic food is in high-income countries such as Switzerland, the United States and Singapore.
It's not surprising to see the organic food industry taking off in Oregon, because the state has been laying the groundwork for years.
By 2008, nonproduce items, such as dairy, beverages, packaged and prepared foods, snack foods, and bread and grains, accounted for 63 percent of consumer spending for organic food products, up from 54 percent in 1997.
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