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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? 

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  • 2 months ago
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    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.)

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  • Jim
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    2 meanings:

    Chemist: any molecule that has Carbon. Example gasoline & sugar.

    Food: Food farmed using nonGMO, no chemical sprays, etc., Certified.

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  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    2 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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  • Dr W
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    it's a division of chemicals to us in the chemical world

    it's a marketing ploy for those in the food/beverage world

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food

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  • Jim
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Organic chemistry and organic foods are two different things.

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  • 2 months ago

    I could be wrong, but I always thought organic meant naturally grown with no pesticides or artificial preservatives

    • Roger the Mole
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      In the case of "organic" at the grocery you are correct.  In the chemistry laboratory, not so much.

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