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If you were to walk onto the property of a 5000 acre farm in central Florida and tell them they needed to become organic you would be met with a lot of questions. Why should I switch to organic? Isn’t growing organic more time consuming, more expensive, and more labor intensive? Whats wrong with the systems I am currently using? How much is this going to cost me? These questions, along with many other important topics, are just some of the common questions we will address on this page.
Is there a national standard for organic?
In the US we have the National Organic Program (NOP). The NOP set the uniform standards for organic growing for all 50 states. It also requires by law that anyone selling anything labeled “organic” must have the certification by an accredited certifying body.
Is organic farming just “the old way of doing things”?
Hmm, yes and no. Organic farming practices were drawn up from thousands of years of experience and farming knowledge. Instead of a farmer relying on chemicals that have been created in labs over the past 50 years or so, they must use their skill and knowledge to solve any obstacles they encounter while growing. It is because of this that organic farmers are typically on the cutting edge of growing techniques and solutions.
This is where we come in. We share our knowledge, experience, successes and failures with you to help you learn what works, what doesn’t and what crazy techniques are just myths.
Can an organic farmer use any chemicals or pesticides in their growing practice?
There is a very small list of carefully selected pesticides that are approved for use in organic growing. This list is focused on areas of the industry where there aren’t any comparable natural solutions. Even if this is the case they can only be used as a last resort.
Can organic food contain any form of genetically modified elements (GMOs)?
Genetic alteration of plants and animals is a direct violation of the principles and regulations of organic food/farming. No genetically modified elements are allowed in the organic growing system. If any GMOs are found in produce it can’t be sold as certified organic.
Is “organic” the same as “free range”?
They are not the same. However, organic animals are free-range. All animals that are raised organic are considered free-range because the organic growing regulations demand they must be.
Is organic farming better for animals?
Animals’ well being was so important in the creation of the regulations that govern organic producers.. Animals must be kept at lower stocking densities, have access to an outdoor environment and be fed an appropriate diet at all times. Even though organic systems focus on avoiding the use of antibiotics in animals, they are allowed if the health or welfare of the animal is at risk; Also if they are a last resort to restore an animal to a healthy life.
Is organic food really more healthy?
Some studies agree that organic growing procedures produce healthier consumables than conventional growing techniques while others neither confirm nor deny. With organic food in the limelight over the past few years more and more studies have been conducted confirming the claims that organic food is healthier for the consumer. In the end, its personal preference. All I can tell you is that if you make the switch to organic you will see and feel a noticeable difference in yourself. Don’t believe us? Try it out!