What is the difference between organic and conventional produce?
The difference between organic and conventional produce is the way farmers grow and process agricultural products. Conventional farmers apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth. They spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease. They also use herbicides to manage weeds. Organic farmers do not use chemical fertilizers, insecticides or chemical herbicide to fertilize or control weeds and insects. Instead, they apply natural fertilizers, rely on insects and birds, mating disruptions, or traps to reduce pests and disease. They also rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds. Organic farming practices encourage soil and water conservation, and reduce pollution.