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O - Alphabetical Listing of Selected Important Terms and Concepts in Sustainable Development

Organic Food
“In order to be labeled “organic,” a product, its producer, and the farmer must meet [international] organic standards and must be certified by a [government]-approved food-certifying agency. Organic foods cannot be grown using synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, or sewage sludge, cannot be genetically modified, and cannot be irradiated. Organic meat and poultry must be fed only organically-grown feed (without any animal byproducts) and cannot be treated with hormones or antibiotics. Furthermore, the animals must have access to the outdoors, and ruminants must have access to pasture (which doesn’t mean they actually have to go outdoors and graze on pasture to be considered organic...).”

introduction to sustainability: sustainable dictionary - Organic
[online]. Sustainable Table. Available from: http://www.sustainabletable.org/intro/dictionary/ [Re-accessed: 07 March 2008].

(SEE ALSO: The “OCIA International Organic Crop Improvement Association”, whose web-page is found at: http://www.ocia.org/ ).