Sabtu, 25 September 2010

Organic food as a fast-growing segment of U.S. agriculture

Recently, organic food is gaining popularity, with the trend stable for at least five years. Recent research conducted by the Food Marketing Institute shows that the majority of the American people buy organic food at least once a month.

This segment of U.S. agriculture shows rapid growth. Only in 2007, organic food retailers earned more than $ 20 billion. The annual growth in organic dairy sector is estimated at 18 percent by 2010.

Let's look at the main idea of the ecological food production, ie, use of materials and processes that could improve the ecological balance of natural systems. We can not be absolutely certain that organic products are free from residues, but there are best practices involved in the production, designed to minimize pollution of air, soil and water. And the rules state controlled food production and strict federal y, too.

First, people tend to treat organic food so that it is free of fertilizers or pesticides. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) marked foods as organic if 95 percent pure.

Sometimes products contain only 70 percent of organic materials or even less. This type of food can not be called organic, but it can be done with the inscription "with organic ingredients." Therefore, it is necessary to distinguish between these types of products in the supermarket.

De facto non-organic practices in the United States release more than a billion pounds of pesticides. The USDA tests show that organic products contain three or four times less pesticide residues, conventionally produced fruits and vegetables.

And conventional farming practices can in water contamination. According to research by the Environmental Working Group that was conducted back in 1955 on the Corn Belt, Louisiana and Maryland, scientists have concluded that the pesticide contamination of water was the level of health risk. The solution was in organic farming and development of land.

It 'important to note that the term organic has a different meaning than organic. Some food producer is looking for increased sales and a reputation to do tricks for labeling food as natural as it does not correspond to organic food standards.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows the use of the term "natural" for food, contains no artificial dyes or synthetic substances added ingredients.

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