When is National Organic Harvest Month? Always the month of September!
Origin of this Holiday
1992, the Organic Trade Association implemented “Organic Harvest
Month”, a widespread promotion of organic food and agriculture through
regional and local events during the month of September. The objective
of Organic Harvest Month is to highlight organic agriculture and the
growing organic products industry.
Organic! for Earth Day is an award-winning retail marketing campaign
project of OTA, MusicMatters, and the Earth Day Network. Involving
retailers from across the United States, the project has featured
contests, giveaways, as well as other events designed to educate
consumers and spread the organic message.
holiday is referred to as a "National" day., as all food holidays are.
However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential
proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a
holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
Organic foods are made according to certain production standards
use of conventional non organic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
is greatly restricted and avoided as a last resort. However, contrary
to popular belief, certain non-organic fertilisers are still used. If
livestock are involved, they must be reared without the routine use of
antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones, and generally fed a
healthy diet. In most countries, organic produce may not be genetically
food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private
gardening. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada,
Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special
certification in order to market food as "organic" within their borders.
Most certifications allow some chemicals and pesticides to be used, so
consumers should be aware of the standards for qualifying as "organic"
in their respective locales."
organic farms have been relatively small family-run farms — which is
why organic food was once only available in small stores or farmers'
markets. However, since the early 1990s organic food production has had
growth rates of around 20% a year, far ahead of the rest of the food
industry, in both developed and developing nations. As of April 2008,
organic food accounts for 1-2% of food sales worldwide."
Meaning and origin of the term
1939, Lord Northbourne coined the term organic farming in his book Look
to the Land (written in 1939, but published in 1940), out of his
conception of "the farm as organism", to describe a holistic,
ecologically-balanced approach to farming -- in contrast to what he
called chemical farming, which relied on "imported fertility" and
"cannot be self-sufficient nor an organic whole"."
Identifying organic food
organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic
ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's
total plant and animal ingredients must be organic (95% in the United
States and Australia) and any non-organically produced ingredients are
subject to various agricultural requirements. Foods claiming to be
organic must be free of artificial food additives, and are often
processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions, such
as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified
may also be required to be produced using energy-saving technologies
and packaged using recyclable or biodegradable materials when possible."
consumers interested in organic food would look for non-chemically
treated, fresh or minimally processed food. They mostly had to buy
directly from growers: "Know your farmer, know your food" was the motto.
Personal definitions of what constituted "organic" were developed
through firsthand experience: by talking to farmers, seeing farm
conditions, and farming activities. Small farms grew vegetables (and
raised livestock) using organic farming practices, with or without
certification, and the individual consumer monitored. As demand for
organic foods continues to increase, high volume sales through mass
outlets such as supermarkets are rapidly replacing the direct farmer
connection. However, for supermarket consumers, food production is not
easily observable, and product labeling, like "certified organic", is
relied on. Government regulations and third-party inspectors are looked
to for assurance. A "certified organic" label is usually the only way
for consumers to know that a processed product is "organic"."
Taste and nutritional value
"Some studies have shown higher nutrient levels in organic fruit and vegetables compared with conventionally grown products."
most important study of organic food to date was completed in 2007 and
found that organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40% more
antioxidants than conventional equivalents, and that the figure was 60%
for organic milk. The 4-year study was funded by the European Union and
was the largest of its kind ever undertaken."
2001 study by researchers at Washington State University concluded,
under judgement by a panel of tasters, that organic apples were sweeter.
Along with taste and sweetness, the texture as well as firmness of the
apples were also rated higher than those grown conventionally. These
differences are attributed to the greater soil quality resulting from
organic farming techniques compared to those of conventional farming."
in 2002 a meta-analysis (a review of all prior studies on the subject)
had found no proof that organic food offered greater nutritional values,
more consumer safety or any distinguishable difference in taste."
organic is a concept aligned with the idea of creating sustainable and
ecological systems of food production capable of transcending the
standards currently affixed to foods and processes now categorized by
the term "organic". Since the organic food movement has been
increasingly industrialized and often forced to undergo processes
similar to those of conventional agriculture (such as monocultural
plantings on massive scales)due to market pressures, many members of the
what was originally the organic food movement are demanding that new
standards be established for sustainable organic foods. Many ardent
supporters of organic foods are frustrated that the integrity of what
constitutes "organic" foods and farming methods have been compromised by
FDA legislation that allows for synthetics to be introduced into
organic processed foods and other unsustainable industrial attributes
associated with "organic" foods." by wikipedia encyclopedia
How to Go Organic.com
"Launched in May 2007, HowToGoOrganic.com
is a free web site for producers and processors transitioning to
organic. The web site is designed as a resource for farmers and
businesses interested in becoming organic or in creating new organic
enterprises. The site contains two “Pathways for Organic,” one for
farmers and one for processors, as well as a regional directory for the
United States, and a searchable North American organic directory. The
“Pathways” provide basic information on the process of going organic
with links to key resources throughout North America."
on Sep. 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM