Organic is a label placed on food products and clothing that are produced according to organic farming principles. The exact meaning of organic differs per country and/or certification-scheme, but usually it means produced without the use of artificial fertilizers and artificial pesticides, and with ecological balance, animal welfare and biodiversity in mind.

Organic is a label placed on food products and clothing that are produced according to organic farming principles. This usually means that the product was produced with:

  • little or no use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics, genetically-manipulated organisms or any other substance that artificially promotes growth
  • ecological balance, biodiversity and animal welfare in mind (there are usually specific housing and breeding conditions for lifestock)
  • ability to provide required production and sales information during audits

However there are differences between countries and certification-schemes. For example, in the European Union only a small list of naturally-occurring pesticides and fertilizers are allowed to grow organic ingredients, whereas in the USA this list is much larger and includes some synthetic pesticides.

There are also countries where the term organic is not regulated. For example in Australia it can be used on any domestic product, as long as it can be substantiated. Export products with an organic label on the other hand are heavily regulated in Australia.

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