Organic (Agriculture)

Organic agriculture is defined by the USDA as “a system that is managed to respond to site-specific conditions.” The goal of the organic program is to improve sustainability, promote better farming practices, and conserve biodiversity. This does not prohibit farmers from using pesticides or chemicals, although generally the pesticides and chemicals must derive from a non-synthetic point of origin.

It is important to note that the word “organic” can be used in many contexts, and is separate from the way chemistry refers to “organic” substances.