The use of chemically synthesized fertilizers and pesticides is what makes a farming practice considered non-organic. Prior to the invention (and manipulation) of these chemical substances (formed in a lab) all farming practices were “organic”. They didn’t have the ability to use fertilizers and pesticides (and other chemicals) because they didn’t exist yet. Nowadays some are definitely grown with more fertilizers/ pesticides being used, and some are grown the old fashion way (just watering them, feeding them [with a mix of natural compost, and good nutrient rich soil] and letting nature take care of the rest). There should be a coding system which allows you to know how much fertilizers/pesticides are used in growing any produce, but if there is such a system (in the works or on the shelf) I am unaware of it. I just know we have a range: from natural to drastic manipulation: Organic; some naturally-based fertilizers used; chemical fertilizers used (this would be miracle grow in the garden); fertilizing chemicals and pesticides used; genetically modified, fertilized, and pest controlled…. we should just rank them by a 3 star system: 3 stars means organic or naturally fed (whether or not the seed had been genertically modified, really doesn’t matter to me: If you can grow a bigger tomatoe and have more per vine, and there are people starving in Africa and elsewhere, then by all means, scientist, tinker away and save the day!); 2 stars means some fertilizers were used; and 1 means that the food was grown in a chemical / fertilizer intensive way (bad for the earth; mainly because of run off).
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