Question 1. What is organic food?
Organic food refers to food items that are prepared according to the norms set by an organic certifying body. Organic refers not to the food itself, but to how the food is produced. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes the fertility of the soil. On an overall basis, organic food is food prepared and processed without using any chemicals. That is, organic food production does not involve the use of chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides, or chemical preservatives.
Question 2. How is certified organic food different from other organic food?
Certified means that the food has been grown according to strict uniform standards which are verified by an independent body or private organization. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set.
Question 3. How do I know something is organic?
Organic food can be identified with the help of an organic logo on the packet. Companies, farmers, manufacturers, and suppliers, which follow all the norms set by a certifying body of their region, can put a logo of that certifying body on their food items.
Question 4. Does organic food cost more than conventional food?
Yes, organic food normally costs 20% to 100% more than non-organic food.