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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: “Deteriorate

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  • 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
    hydrocarbons are organic compounds
  • a  being or relating to or derived from or having properties characteristic of living organisms
    organic life
    organic growth
    organic remains found in rock
  • a  involving or affecting physiology or bodily organs
    an organic disease
  • s  of or relating to foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones
    organic eggs
    organic vegetables
    organic chicken
  • s  simple and healthful and close to nature
    an organic lifestyle
  • s  constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
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