All Farming is Organic August 15, 2011
By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau
I’m in trouble now. Yes, I stand by this statement, “All Farming is Organic.”
Defined, “organic” means “Having properties associated with living organisms;” basically all plant and animal life.
I especially like how Brian Dunning, host and producer of the podcast Skeptoid explains organic and specifically organic food. “Scientifically, the term ‘organic food’ is meaningless. It’s like saying a ‘human person.’ All food is organic. All plants and animals are organic. Traditionally, an organic compound is one produced by life processes; chemically, it’s any carbon-containing molecule with a carbon-hydrogen bond. Plastic and coal are organic [the process begins as a fundamental organic process], a diamond is not. So when we refer to organic food in such a way to exclude similar foods that are just as organic chemically, we’re outside of any meaningful scientific use of the word, and are using it as a marketing label.”
So then, all farming is organic since all farming is growing or raising plants and/or animals.
Distinct methods of farming exist and in modern culture our distinct methods typically constitute the “organic” (labeled) method of farming and the “conventional” method of farming. But if “organic” simply means having properties associated with living organisms, then again all farming is organic.
If you’re free to have an “organic” discussion with me on this, chime in. Note, my blog’s ability to post comments allows living organisms (us) to interact. Now, THAT’s organic.
Editor’s disclosure statement: As a representative of Arizona Farm Bureau, our agriculture members farm a vast array of produce and raise an abundance of agriculture animals. They use a variety of agriculture production methods on small, medium and large operations. I’ve appreciatively met hundreds of farmers and ranchers in my lifetime (and often on their operations) and my ongoing observations confidently conclude 99.9% use high standards, adhere to the U.S.’s intense regulations (regardless of method of farming) and represent great dedication. American agriculture is in a class by itself.
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