Conventional vs. Organic....

The word "organic" has become a trendy term that everyone is throwing around these days, but do you really know the difference between what organic and non-organic is? When you go grocery shopping what is the big difference between those juicy and shiny green apples that are in the organic and non-organic produce section?

Below are some key differences between conventional and organic farming. Hope this helps a bit.

Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.
Spray synthetic insecticides to reduce pests and disease.Spray pesticides from natural sources; use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.
Use synthetic herbicides to manage weeds.Use environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds; rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.
Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth.Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.

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