Natural or Organic – What is the Difference?
The media has taught us to read food labels. Many of them say “Natural” or “Organic.” The questions are “Is there a difference?’ and ‘What do each of those really mean?’ The answers are quite clear.
Generally speaking, natural foods are foods that do not contain any additives, such as preservatives or artificial coloring.
Organic foods are made according to certain production standards. The use of conventional non-organic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides is greatly restricted and avoided.
What is organic food? Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet organic standards.
Organic farming uses natural fertilizers, green manures, and crop rotation to minimize insects and diseases and maximize the soil health. It reduces external influences that could compromise the purity of the harvest and eliminates synthetic pesticides, hormones and antibiotics. It places a strong focus on renewable resources and protecting the environment.
Biotta juices are proud to bear the certification of four European Organic agencies. Grown on more than 1,700 acres of chemical-, fertilizer- and toxic-free land, our fruits and vegetables are vine-ripened and are processed in a strict, quality controlled manufacturing environment.
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