What are some differences between inorganic and organic foods?


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Organic and inorganic foods are different due to the farming process, not the chemical makeup of the food. Organic food is chemical free, free of genetic modification and has not had contact with inorganic food during the growing process.

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Organic foods are grown and processed using a set of particular farming practices that eliminates chemicals and preserves the natural environment. Aside from conserving water and nurturing the soil, other key factors of organic farming include the use of natural fertilizers, such as compost, instead of chemical fertilizers. Utilizing wildlife, such as birds, insects and plants, instead of spraying chemical-based insecticides over the crops is another difference between organic and inorganic farming.

Manually picking weeds and rotating crops eliminates the use of herbicides in organic gardening. Using organic feed and other natural means of caring for animals, instead of growth hormones, separates organic and inorganic farming and foods. Organic food must be free of all synthetic chemicals in order to be labeled as organic. It cannot be genetically altered in any way.

Organic food must be packaged and shipped separately from inorganic food to eliminate pesticides or chemicals rubbing off on the organic crops. Fewer chemicals in organic food means that people will ingest fewer carcinogens as a result.

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