Organic Food standards
As rightly said in Food circle, standards for organic food are need of the hour.
Tom, Dick, Harry and their uncles are all branding food items as organic. No one knows what organic means so any thing runs.
High time BIS shows leadership and works with FSSAI to get standards done for organic food items. more
What does “organic” mean? Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.
And the following puts one into confusion:
The most discussed environmental advantage of organic foods is that they don't have any chemical pesticides, but a 2010 study found that some organic pesticides can actually have a worse environmental impacts than conventional ones. You see, most people think organic food doesn't involve any pesticides, but it does.
SO, WHAT THEN IS ACTUALLY 'ORGANIC' ? more