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As consumers are becoming more environmentally aware the trend for all natural,  environmentally friendly and sustainable products is definitely on the rise. One of thebiggest ones relates to something that is intimately close to all of our lives, and that is
the food that we eat. I’ve been aware of organic produce, meats and packaged goods
for a long time now, and yet never really /considered/ them before. They alwaysexisted in the back of my mind as something that somebody /else/ would buy, kind of 
like “the expensive version of regular food.”As I’ve taken steps to 
embrace natural,healthy living and made changes in my overall
lifestyle I’ve reached the point where it’s time to think about organi
cs and why buyingthem is the right thing to do overall.What Does Organic Mean?
Before I researched it, I didn’t really know what 
organic actually /meant./ 
Everything’s organic, right? It’s kind of a perquisite to being an “organism” or life
form. Not so. Turns out when it comes to our food the word is much more specific.
Beginning back in 1960 with the publication of “Silent Spring” a movement began
towards the practice of growing foods naturally, without the use of chemicalfertilizers or pesticides, and also using sustainable energy practices (ie, not gasolineand other limited fossil fuels.) This went on until 1990 when the government steppedin, passing the Organic Foods Production Act to set some standard by which anything
labeled as “organic” has to
abide. This way, people could get a basic idea of what theywere buying when they purchased organic foods.While there are actually several different classifications of organic foods, the generalterm has come to have several typical associations. As I mentioned before, nopesticides, herbicides or chemicals are used in any part of the growing process. Inaddition to being chemical-free, organic produce must be grown in a way that isnatural and sustainable. This means harkening back to the growing practices of old,such as crop rotation and cover crops to ensure the fertility of fields, with an overallmentality of care and consideration towards the earth and quality of the food beinggrown. If natural manure is used as a form of fertilizer it must be applied at least fourmonths prior to harvesting if it is not aged. Using composted plant material iscommon.Additionally, organic farmers do not grow or use any kind of genetically modifiedorganism, such as the Round Up resistant strain of soybean developed by Monsanto.Organic livestock farmers must also feed their animals exclusively organic feed forthe duration of their life, though it is interesting to note that the organic certificationdoes not include the manner in which the animals are raised. Livestock can still beraised inhumanely using feedlots or other animal confinement techniques, and still beconsidered organic.The USDA utilizes several different labels for organic foods
 – 
the three main ones
 being “100% Organic”, “
and “Made With Organic Ingredients.” The first is
of course exactly what it sounds like: everything in the product was completely

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