Organic versus Conventional

Organic refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, grains , dairy products and meat. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease.

Conventional

  • Apply chemical fertilizer
  • Spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease
  • Giver herbicide to manage weeds
  • Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth
Organic
  • Apply natural fertilizer such as manure or compost to feed soil and plants
  • Use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease
  • Rotate crops till hand week or mulch to manage weeds
  • Give animals organic feed and allow them to access the outdoors