Inorganic farming, more commonly referred to as non-organic farming, is the contrasting method of agriculture to organic farming. Non-organic farming uses pesticides, chemicals and synthetic fertilizers to grow produce for human and livestock consumption.
Recent studies suggest that produce from organic and non-organic farming methods has little nutritional difference; the major difference lies in the production method of said produce. Organic farming, regulated by the National Organic Program, seeks to minimize the environmental impact of growing produce by limiting or eliminating harmful synthetic elements from entering the food cycle. Non-organic produce, regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, tends to be larger and more homogeneous looking; organic produce items are more often smaller physically and come in a variety of shapes.