What Is the Exact Definition of Organic Food?


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The term "organically grown" means that the food in question, such as a fruit or a vegetable, has been grown using only natural (i.e., not synthetic) pesticides and fertilizers. While technically, any food can claim to be organic, only those that are certified organic through the USDA or another official organization can be guaranteed to be free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

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What Is the Exact Definition of Organic Food?
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Though eating organically grown foods will likely reduce a person's exposure to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, any claims that organic foods are more nutritious from a perspective of vitamin and mineral content may not be borne out by verifiable scientific research. The main benefits of eating organic foods include a lack of exposure to synthetic chemical compounds and support of an agricultural system that may be more environmentally friendly than factory farming techniques.

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