Questions asked by our Customers
- What is Organic Food?
Organic food refers to food items that are prepared according to the norms set by an organic certifying body. On an overall basis, organic food is food prepared and processed without using any chemicals. That is, organic food production does not involve the use of chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides, or chemical preservatives.The USDA categories food products into the following sections:
- 100% organic: Must contain 100% organically produced ingredients
- Organic: Must contain at least 95% organic ingredients
- Made of organic ingredients: Must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.
- Have some organic ingredients: May contain less than 70% organic ingredients.
- How Do I Know Something is Organic?
Organic food can be identified with the help of an organic logo on the packet. Companies, farmers, manufacturers, and suppliers, which follow all the norms set by a certifying body of their region, can put a logo of that certifying body on their food items.
- Is organic food better for you?
Organic food is better in the sense that it does not contain chemical cocktails.There is definative evidence on the harmful effects of such chemicals on human health and the general environment..Well balanced soils grow strong healthy plants which many believe taste better and contain more nutrients. Organic growers often select varieties to grow for their flavor, not only their appearance.
- Are Organic Food Standards the Same for All Food Products?
No, since the mode of production and processing is different for different food items, the standards are also different. For example, the standards for organic honey production are different from the standards for organic milk production or organic coconut oil production.
- Are Organic Food Standards the Same in all Countries?
No, organic food standards vary from region to region. Some countries may follow a uniform set of codes. For example, about 18 countries follow the rules set by the International Olive Oil Council for organic olive oil production. However, there are some countries such as the US, which have their own standards for organic olive oil production
- Should I look for the word organic on the food item?
Yes, you should look for the word “Organic”. However, you should also check the logo of the certifying body.
- Can someone sell non-organic food claiming that it is organic food?
It is illegal to sell non-organic food with an organic label. However, there have been cases of fraud before, which when brought to the attention of the authorities, have been dealt with strongly. Therefore, you should always check the logo of the certifying body properly and you should buy organic food items that have an authentic label on them.
- Why does organic food cost more?
Organic food production is generally labour-intentsive and involves the use of organic fertilizers and organic pesticides, which are more expensive than chemical fertilizers and pesticides. That is why organic food costs more.
- Is organic food the same as natural food?
No, organic food refers to food items prepared without using chemicals. Natural food refers to food items that are only minimally processed.
- Does organic food production involve animal welfare?
Yes, animal welfare is an important aspect of organic food production. Animals raised through organic means have to be kept in the open for a specified amount of time. There are guidelines for the general care of the animals as well.
- How is "Certified Organic" food different from other organic food?
Certified means that the food has been grown according to strict uniform standards which are verified by an independent body or private organization. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set.
- Is organic food completely free of pesticide residues?
Organic food is not produced with toxic, synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, usually used at various stages in the life of a fruit or vegetable. In conventional farming these are used on seeds, to kill pests while the vegetable is growing while others are used again post harvest, to ensure that a vegetable or fruit looks good for the market shelf, to eat food out of season or for transporting and preserving produce to avoid insect or fungus attack.However, there are some instances where residues may be carried to organic fields from neighboring conventional farms and environmental pollution which is beyond the farmers control. For this reason organic farmers are required to have their produce tested by a certifying board where only a bare minimum level of chemical residue is accepted.
- Do organic farmers ever use pesticides?
Yes. However, only natural pesticides are permitted with restrictions as a last resort when growers are threatened with crop failure. Organic farmers' primary strategy is prevention. By building healthy soils, healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will try various options like insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. If these fail, permission will be granted by the certifier to apply botanical pesticides under restricted conditions. "Botanicals" are derived from plants and are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.
- What does the USDA Organic seal mean?
The USDA Organic seal assures consumers of the quality and integrity of organic products. Organic-certified operations must have an organic system plan and records that verify compliance with that plan. Operators are inspected annually in addition there are random checks to assure standards are being met.
- What is Gluten Free ?
A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. Gluten causes health problems in sufferers of celiac disease (CD) and some cases of wheat allergy. For those diagnosed with celiac disease, a strict gluten-free diet constitutes the only effective treatment to date
- What is a Paleo Diet ?
Paleo diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit and excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food.
- What is a Vegan Diet ?
Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.