The term organic may be used...
- as in organic chemistry (meaning carbon-based)
- as a label for a mode of agriculture that is broadly committed to food organism and soil health, and in some countries (such as the U.S.) is governed by specific rules and auditing practices:
- USDA Organic (or Certified Organic): Food that complies with the standards set by the National Organic Program, and for which the producer has completed an application documenting the practices, paid the certification fee, and been inspected by a third-party.
- See www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop for information on USDA Organic. Click "Consumer Information" near the top for a digest version; see the other links for more in-depth information.
"Beyond organic" is also an emerging category.
Related terms: organic agriculture
Within the tag family "Values, Justifications, and Motivations," in the "Sustainability" cluster.