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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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The questionnaire was prefaced by a small definition of "organic foods," according to which such products "are produced without artificial fertilizer or chemical pesticides, and do not contain artificial colouring, flavouring or aromatic substances, preservatives or genetically modified ingredients" (European Commission 2007).
The growth of the organic food industry has narrowed the price differential between organic and conventionally grown foods, while also increasing the variety of organic foods that are available.
Studies report that consumers purchase organic foods because they perceive them as higher in nutritional value, chemical free, environmentally friendly, and better tasting than conventionally produced food (Scholderer, Nielsen, Bredahl, Claudi-Magnussen, & Lindahl, 2004; Magkos, Arvaniti, & Zampelas, 2006).
Both the number and type of new products reflect the expanding consumer appetite for organic foods. In 2007, 1,107 organic products were introduced, with beverages accounting for 251 of the total; snack foods, 211; and prepared or packaged foods, 167.
May 6 - US sales of organic food rose by almost 16% to US$22.9 billion in 2008, a report by the Organic Trade Association has said.
While it can be true that organic foods come from small, family farms, this is not always the case.
Rodale, whose magazine Organic Farming and Gardening helped popularize the organic foods movement during the 1950s.
As would be expected, the level of spending on natural and organic foods was much higher than average in the Brentwood survey zone.
The Quality Low-Input Food Project, funded by the European Union, has found a general trend in its data showing that organic food contains "less of the baddies" than conventional produce.
"This is a very important move for us as more shoppers are demanding organic foods," Ralph Fischer, vice president of Meijer, said in a company statement.
Organic foods garnered $36.7 billion globally in 2005, and by 2012, the industry is expected to reach $133.7 billion.
Organic foods are widely marketed as "healthier" and "better for you" than non-organic foods.