Three kinds of organic food (To go with Health, environment, taste drive appetite for organic food)

June 4th, 2008 - 10:40 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Three kinds of farms in India produce organic food: * Traditionally organic - farms that follow traditional agricultural practices and have never used chemical pesticides or fertiliser. These include small farms whose owners are organic farmers by default, as they cannot afford synthetic fertiliser or pesticides.

* In-convergence organic - farms that have recently switched to organic farming and are in the process of acquiring certification; they are under the purview of certifying agencies.

* Certified organic - farms that are certified organic by agencies such as SGS, Skal, Ecocert or Indocert; certification is fairly new in India, and has developed with an eye to exports. However, with greater awareness, even the Indian consumer is seeking certified organic products.

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