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About Organics – What are organic products?
In 1995 the National Organic Standards Board defined organic agriculture as “an ecological production management system” that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
Prevention is the organic farmer’s primary strategy for disease, weed, and insect control. By building healthy soils, organic farmers find that healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. When pest populations get out of balance, organic growers will try various non-toxic options like insect predators, mating disruption, traps, and barriers.
According to a 15-year Rodale Institute study, organic agriculture can reduce greenhouse gas emission and found that organic farming uses 50% less energy than conventional farming methods.Organic fiber products have moved beyond T-shirts to include bed and bath linens, tablecloths, napkins, cosmetic puffs, feminine hygiene products, and clothing. See the “Questions and Answers About Organic” at http://www.ota.com/organic/faq.html for more information.
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