What does the word "organic" mean? ?
I thought any compound containing carbon was organic. So, all food must be organic. So, what is the difference between expensive "organic" vegetables and regular vegetables?
- Roger the MoleLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
In essence there are two different words "organic". The difference is how they are used and by whom.
When used by grocers, "organic" refers to how something is grown.
When used by chemists it refers to what element(s) a molecule contains.
(I say "element(s)" because chemists sometimes include hydrogen in the definition of "organic" in order to exclude such molecules as carbon dioxide.)
Chemist: any molecule that has Carbon. Example gasoline & sugar.
Food: Food farmed using nonGMO, no chemical sprays, etc., Certified.
- DixonLv 72 months ago
In food the word organic is a descriptive marketing word that has nothing to do with chemistry and essentially means "natural" . In some countries such as the UK there are strict regulations about calling food organic. Certain pesticides are not allowed, gmo's are forbidden etc. In other countries it can be used freely or the regulations are so loose as to be meaningless (USA).
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Organic chemistry and organic foods are two different things.
- 2 months ago
I could be wrong, but I always thought organic meant naturally grown with no pesticides or artificial preservatives