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  Organic Valley Farms - Organic Milk, Dairy, Natural Foods
Organic Valley lawyer argues for rules to protect organic crops; GM-contamination threatens Maine farmers
The Earth's most delicious, most healthful foods are made when farmers work in harmony with nature.
Working with nature is what inspired our original seven farmers to form an organic farming cooperative in 1988.
organicvalley.coop   (126 words)

  
 Sustainable Table: The Issues: Organic
Organic farming was the only type of farming used worldwide until the invention of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in the early 20th century.
Land on which organic food or fibers are grown has been free of known and perceived toxic and persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers for three years prior to certification.
Organic food can be produced by large corporations, while sustainable food production is carried out by small farmers and families who live on the land where they farm.
www.sustainabletable.org /issues/organic   (1773 words)

  
 Organic Food - LocalHarvest
A larger part of organic agriculture involves the health of the soil and of the ecosystems in which crops and livestock are raised.
Organic agriculture is born from the idea that a healthy environment significantly benefits crops and the health of those consuming them.
Organic certification standards are very strict, and it usually takes years for farms the achieve them, as all pesticide and chemical residue from the soil is slowly broken down and leached away.
www.localharvest.org /organic.jsp   (409 words)

  
 CNN: In-Depth Food - Organic Foods
Organic farming also promotes biological diversity and the recycling of resources through such methods as crop rotation, rotational grazing, planting of cover crops, intercropping, animal and plant waste recycling, tilling, and adding minerals to crops.
Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.
Organic crop yields are often not as high as those grown under non-organic conditions, and fewer farmers (only about 4%) use organic methods and sustainable agriculture practices; therefore the price of organically grown produce reflects the greater demands placed on the grower.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/indepth.food/organic/explainer.html   (460 words)

  
 ERS/USDA Briefing Room - Organic Farming and Marketing
Organic farming systems rely on ecologically based practices, such as cultural and biological pest management, and virtually exclude the use of synthetic chemicals in crop production and prohibit the use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock production.
Organic Agriculture: Gaining Ground—Organic agriculture is expanding rapidly in the United States, as consumer interest continues to gather momentum and new organic production and marketing systems evolve.
OECD Workshop on Organic Agriculture—The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently published the Proceedings of a workshop that was hosted by the USDA examining the economic, environmental and social impacts of organic agriculture in relation to "integrated" and "conventional" farming systems.
www.ers.usda.gov /Briefing/Organic   (903 words)

  
 OrganicFoodee.com » 10 Organic Reasons
Organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of poisonous chemicals.
Over the last thirty years, intensive farming in the UK has led to dramatic erosion of the soil, a fall of up to 70% of wild birds in some areas, the destruction of ancient hedgerows, and the near extinction of some of the most beautiful species of butterflies, frogs, grass-snakes and wild mammals.
Organic food is not really more expensive than intensively farmed foods, as we pay for conventional foods through our taxes.
www.organicfoodee.com /topten.html   (481 words)

  
 Consumer Brochure
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.
Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.
Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed.
www.ams.usda.gov /nop/Consumers/brochure.html   (598 words)

  
 EPA - Agriculture Topics: Organic Farming
Pesticides derived from natural sources (such as biological pesticides) may be used in producing organically grown food.
The standards in the NOP rule are similar to most of the standards organic producers and handlers currently use, and are intended to be flexible enough to accommodate the wide range of operations and products grown and raised in every region of the United States.
Organic No-Till/Cover Crop Roller - farming neighbors designed and constructed a front-mounted cover-crop roller that allows you to knock down a weed-suppressing mat and plant through it, all in one quick pass.
www.epa.gov /agriculture/torg.html   (1468 words)

  
 Organic - LIME
Organic farming focuses on ecosystem management with minimal external inputs, particularly of a synthetic nature, and emphasizes the use of renewable resources and conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality.
Organic farming can help prevent soil erosion, protect water quality from pesticides and other pollutants, and save energy since organic farmers use more labor-intensive practices and utilize “green” crop covers and fertilizers instead of synthetic fertilizers that use energy to produce them.
Organic farming can be seen as a return to the world’s earliest farming practices, before synthetic methods were even invented.
www.lime.com /glossary/organic   (1222 words)

  
  Organic Food News
Lacy Houghton is a granola gal, a woman who opts to become a midwife instead of a physician because "she had a profound inability to sit bedside by a patient and not feel her pain." Married to an economics...
Organically grown food, no shopping, no trash, indoor composting, no paper products and no carbon-fueled transportation are just some of the rules of the No Impact Lifestyle Experiment of a New York couple...
Organic farming may be no better than conventional agriculture for the environment, according to a U.K. Defra report.
www.topix.net /food/organic   (728 words)

  
  Organic food - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One study of two organic farming systems and one conventional found that, in one year's severe crop season drought, organic soybean yields were 52% and 96% higher than the conventional system and organic maize yields were 37% higher in one system, but 62% lower in the other.
Organic food is also often linked with the fair trade movement, based on the principle that social and environmental sustainability are inextricably interdependent.
Two thirds of organic milk and cream and half of organic cheese and yogurt are sold through conventional supermarkets.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Organic_food   (3780 words)

  
 Organic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Organic movement, refers to the organizations and individuals involved worldwide in the promotion of sustainable agriculture and organic farming
Organic (military), a military unit predominantly of one type (armour, infantry, artillery, etc.) may incorporate subunits of a different type, to improve combined arms capability e.g.
Organic (model), forms, methods and patterns found in living systems, often used as a metaphor for non-living things.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Organic   (414 words)

  
 organic
Organic matter in soils is represented by plant debris or litter in various stages of decomposition through to humus and includes the living organisms in the soil.
They can be classified in heterotrophs, which require C in the form of organic molecules for growth, and the autotrophs, which can synthesize their cell substance from the C of CO, harnessing the energy of sunlight (in the case of photosynthetic bacteria and algae) or chemical energy from the oxidation of inorganic compounds (the chemoautotrophs).
Organic soils (Histosols) whose formation is favored by waterlogging may have turnover times exceeding 2000 y and soils of tundra regions where low temperatures retard oxidation may have turnover times exceeding 100 y.
www.soils.wisc.edu /courses/SS325/organic.htm   (4985 words)

  
 FAO:AG21:Magazine:Spotlight:Organic farming
This article is based on Organic agriculture, a report to the FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG), which met in Rome on 25-26 January 1999.
Organic farming is one of several approaches to sustainable agriculture.
Most organic farmers are motivated by more than economic objectives - their aim is to optimize land, animal, and plant interactions, preserve natural nutrient and energy flows, and enhance biodiversity, all of which contribute to sustainable agriculture.
www.fao.org /WAICENT/FAOINFO/AGRICULT/magazine/9901sp3.htm   (1112 words)

  
 organicARCHITECT :: organic
Although the word "organic" is now used as a buzzword for something that occurs naturally, when connected to architecture, it takes on a new meaning.
Organic Architecture is not a style of imitation, but rather, a reinterpretation of Nature's principles to build forms more natural than nature itself.
Just as in Nature, Organic Architecture involves a respect for natural materials (wood should look like wood), blending into the surroundings (a house should be of the hill, not on it), and an honest expression of the function of the building (don't make a bank look like a Greek temple).
www.organicarchitect.com /organic/index.html   (573 words)

  
 NRDC: Organic Foods 101
The concept of organic food is simple: If it's produced without the aid of chemical pesticides and is processed only with natural additives, it's organic food.
And, as some small organic farmers point out, the standards do not differentiate between foods produced by small-scale, eco-friendly farms and those produced by huge factory-style farms -- which take a heavy toll on the environment whether they use organic methods or not.
Organic foods can sometimes be difficult to find, but you can ensure a supply if you’re willing to put in a little extra time and you know what to do.
www.nrdc.org /health/farming/forg101.asp   (600 words)

  
 Why Organic?
Organic foods are produced without the use of chemicals, herbicides, fungicides, petroleum-, sewage- or sludge-based fertilizers or chemical pesticides.
Organic farmers plant certain flowers and bushes to attract helpful insects who will then eat or deter pests that might otherwise eat the crops; conventional farms kill off insects and pests, helpful and hurtful to the farmer.
Organic foods are actually less costly when we look at the money it takes to fix the problems created by conventional farming.
www.deliciousorganics.com /Controversies/whyorganic.htm   (2573 words)

  
 Organic
Certification of organic foods and fiber is important both to ensure consumers that they are in fact purchasing an organic product, and to provide our food marketers and exporters the organic verification their customers require.
And finally by going organic you are assured of feeding your children and yourself food that has not been polluted with toxic chemicals added by the farmer or food processor.
Organic agriculture is a management system that enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity to produce healthy plants and animals and foster human and environmental health.
web1.msue.msu.edu /valueadded/organic.htm   (1143 words)

  
 Organic Consumers Association
Creating synergy between the anti-war movement, the climate crisis movement, and the organic community.
Mobilizing millions of organic and socially responsible consumers into a powerful force for change.
Organic Bytes #123: USDA Madness, Frankenbeets, Hormones, Vaccines, and Planting Peace
www.organicconsumers.org   (358 words)

  
 Organic Trade Association
Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America.
OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.
The Canada Organic Office (COO) has released a new version of the Organic Quality Management System (QMS) Manual for public consultation.
www.ota.com /index.html   (108 words)

  
 organic
In raising organic animals, such as dairy cows, hormones and antibiotics may not be used and the cows are fed only organic feed.
Organic foods are becoming available in an ever-increasing variety of convenience foods, such as: pasta, prepared sauces, frozen juices and vegetables, milk, half and half, ice cream, yogurt, pot pies, cereals, breads, dried and canned soups, and other products.
Although grown and processed without the use of harmful chemicals, organic crops are exposed to the agricultural chemicals that are now detected in nearly all rain and groundwater due to their overuse during the last 50 years nationwide.
www.tricountyfarm.org /oregon_organic.asp   (1337 words)

  
 Cool Hunting: Organic
Drawing on the foundation built by Chez Panisse, their culinary friends to the north, Axe's menu highlights the flavors and textures of organic seasonal produce from local farmers, rather than using sauces and seasonings of more traditional cuisines.
Made from organic grain and herbs, the gin is distilled in the heart of London in two small stills, essentially by hand.
Maison Jomere imports Papagayo organic rums, Juniper Green organic gin, and U.K. 5 organic vodka.
www.coolhunting.com /archives/organic   (1260 words)

  
 The MSDS HyperGlossary: Organic
Organic chemicals are not necessarily harmful or toxic.
Some organic compounds are highly reactive and are incompatible with other chemicals such as strong oxidizing agents.
There are broad classes of organic compounds (such as hydrocarbons etc.) that you may be able to do this with, but remember that there are over 10,000,000 known organic compounds.
www.ilpi.com /msds/ref/organic.html   (541 words)

  
 The Gardener's Network: Organic Gardening in Home Organic Gardens
Organic gardening is the practice of growing vegetables, herbs and fruits using only things found in nature.
If you are not completely sold on organic gardening, you can still bring some of it's benefits to yourself, your family, and the environment by applying those organic concepts that work best for you and your crop.
Certified Organic- In order to be qualified as "Certified Organic" for the marketplace, produce must be grown under strict USDA guidelines.
www.gardenersnet.com /organic.htm   (577 words)

  
 Organic
Organic Chemistry is the study of the compounds of carbon, their reactions and their preparation.
Organic chemistry (and all other chemistry at that) is completely described by the quantum mechanics of nuclei and electrons interacting by electrostatic forces.
An organic chemistry textbook can be happy saying in one place that "electrons tend to pair," and in another that "electrons repel." The statement that "electrons tend to pair" is not only wrong, it is misleading.
www.du.edu /~jcalvert/phys/organic.htm   (15191 words)

  
 ConsumerReports.org - Organic products, when buying organic pays (and doesn't) 2/06   (Site not responding. Last check: )
For instance, in December 2005 the Organic Trade Assocation reported that in Iowa, organic ground beef was available for $4.25 a pound and beef tenderloin for $16 a pound.
The more a food is processed, the less health value its organic version offers, especially in products such as cereals and pastas with labels that say “made with organic ingredients.” Read the list of ingredients and you might find that while the flour is organic, the eggs aren’t.
While the USDA claims that organic labeled-cosmetics follow the same standards as food, we have found indiscriminate use of synthetic ingredients and violations of food-labeling standards.
www.consumerreports.org /cro/food/organic-products-206/when-buying-organic-pays-and-doesnt.htm?resultPageIndex=1&resultIndex=1&searchTerm=organic   (986 words)

  
 Care2 Greenliving :: Top Ten Eco-Friendly Reasons to Buy Organic Meat & Dairy
Organic farming is an attempt to create as close to a complete and natural ecosystem as possible.
So lets respect our ecosystem and support organic farming as a whole and we need to stop big business from ruining organic foods with mono-organic and Lets force our government to require labels that tell us which is which so we know what we are eating.
Organic farming is the way to go and should be fully supported.
www.care2.com /channels/solutions/food/526   (2357 words)

  
 Stonyfield Yogurt - Organic
Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals in favor of more “earth-friendly” practices that work in harmony with nature.
Land on which organic food or fibers are grown must not have had prohibited substances applied (such as toxic and persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers) for three years prior to certification.
Organic milk means that the cows’ feed, such as corn, soy, and hay, were grown organically.
www.stonyfield.com /Organic   (1138 words)

  
 Organic Farming: ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
With the organic market growing steadily, you may be interested in learning more about organic certification and organic production options.
Canadian Organic Growers Inc. is Canada's national membership-based education and networking organization representing farmers, gardeners and consumers in all provinces.
The National Organic Program Web site is the place to find and download copies of the Final Rule, learn about current NOSB recommendations, get a history on the National Organic Program, and more.
attra.ncat.org /organic.html   (873 words)

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