organic : Common Errors in English

About organic

The word “organic” is used in all sorts of contexts, often in a highlymetaphorical manner; the subject here is its use in the phrase “organicfoods” in claims of superior healthfulness. Various jurisdictions havevarious standards for “organic” food, but generally the label is appliedto foods that have been grown without artificial orpesticides. Literally, of course, the term is a redundancy: all food iscomposed of organic chemicals (complex chemicals containing carbon).There is no such thing as an inorganic food (unless you count water as afood). Natural fertilizers and pesticides may or may not be superior toartificial ones, but the proper distinction is not between organic andinorganic. When it comes to nutrition, people tend to generalize rashly from anarrow scientific basis. After a few preservatives were revealed to haveharmful effects in some consumers, many products were proudly labeled"No Preservatives!” I don’t want harmful preservatives in my food, butthat label suggests to me a warning: “Deteriorates quickly! May containmold and other kinds of rot!” Salt is a preservative.

organic Meaning(s)

  • (n) a fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter
  • (a) relating or belonging to the class of chemical compounds having a carbon basis
  • (a) being or relating to or derived from or having properties characteristic of living organisms
  • (a) involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs
  • (s) of or relating to foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones
  • (s) simple and healthful and close to nature
  • (s) constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)

organic in News

  1. Loyalty Cards and Organic Food Will Drive Growth for This Grocer

    Loyalty Cards and Organic Food Will Drive Growth for This Grocer        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  2. Displaced Organic Valley workers get temporary workspace

    Some Organic Valley employees displaced by the fire at the headquarters building in La Farge last month will have a temporary workspace at Couleecap in Westby.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: La Crosse Tribune

  3. Nourish Organic Secures $3 Million in Growth Capital Financing and Celebrity Investment to Support Rapid Expansion

    BEAVER FALLS, Pa., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Nourish Organic , the first full 100 percent USDA certified organic bath and body line founded by Sensible Organics, Inc., announced today it has secured ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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