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Kitchen Essentials: What's the difference between natural and organic?
Posted by Carl Jackson on
Natural versus organic food. They're the same, right? One would think so, but the truth is there are some key differences between the two. Understanding those differences will ensure you know what you're getting at your grocery store or farmer's market. Organic agriculture, as defined by the USDA, is the application of a set of cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. These include maintaining or enhancing soil and water quality; conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife; and avoiding use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and...