Organics 101

Organics have only recently come to the Middle East & Africa. However, the rate of consumption is growing fast, as consumers learn more and more about the fantastic health benefits. The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process foods which are eventually consumed by you and your family. Some of the key differences resulting from organic farming practices are, but not limited to:

What & Why for Organics?

Conventional Farming Organic Farming
Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth. Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.
Spray synthetic insecticides to reduce pests and disease. Spray pesticides from natural sources; use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.
Use synthetic herbicides to manage weeds. Use environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds; rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.
Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth. Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.

Organic vs. Natural:

There’s also much confusion out there regarding the distinction between ‘organic’ and ‘natural’, and we think it’s a shame, because the differences can be huge! The first thing you should understand is that, except for meat, “natural” doesn’t have a set, strictly defined or regulated definition, while “organic” does.

When you see the word “natural” on food packaging, it can mean any number of different things, depending on where in the world you are, who the food manufacturer is and what store is carrying the product. In fact, you might be surprised to learn what can be considered “natural.” But the term “organic” is strictly defined by uniform regulations. When you see “organic” on a product label or packaging, you can be assured of key differences highlighted below:

Differences Organic Natural
Toxic persistent pesticides & herbicides Not Allowed Allowed
GMO: Genetically Modified Organism Not Allowed Allowed
AntiBiotics Not Allowed Allowed
Growth Hormones Not Allowed Allowed
Sludge & Irradiation Not Allowed Allowed
Animal Welfare Requirements Yes None

If you organization would like to learn more about Organics, Koita also offers periodic Organics 101 / Knowledge Transfer classes and certifications to our esteemed customers.

For more information on the Koita range of Organic products, please contact us at info@koita.com.