Organic Certification - By: Robert Warner

The world as we know is gradually shifting to a phase of consuming only foods produced organically. The rise of malignancies and dependence on medical care have made us realize the serious threat posed by the products that are grown out through chemical methods. Thus in the recent years we saw more and more people resorting to organic food products. All for good. But how can we discern whether the fruits and vegetables up for sale are produced organically or not. As we all know, the world has lost it's morality long ago and what exists is the tendency of egotism. In such a world everything can fall prey to manipulation and it is necessary for the existence of some standards that can ensure that we are not subjects of perfidy.

The requirements for granting an organic certification varies from country to country as well as between the regulatory bodies as well. However there are some factors that are paramount and unanimous across the globe for being considered worthy of being organic. These are eschewing the practice of use of fertilizers and chemicals, refraining from the use of genetically modified seeds. The land used for farming must not be at close proximity to any kind of conventional farms or other chemical or fertilizer industry due to high probability of the chemicals drifting from such sources to the organic farm, the land used for farming must have been free from any chemical material for at least three years as well. There are numerous other norms to be followed by the farmer as well before his or her farm can be deemed organic by the regulatory agencies. The body entitled Codex Alimentarius, a subsidiary of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations is the supreme body for ensuring organic certification and the numerous organic certification agencies operates under this body.

In India the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority is responsible for supervising the certification process as per National Standards for Organic Production. The certification process articulated is globally recognized by the European Commission, The United States and Switzerland. The genuine organic products marketed in the country carries The Indian Organic Certification mark issued by the APEDA, this certifications are carried through 11 inspection bodies operating under the APEDA. So next time you venture on for shopping groceries an organic fruit or vegetable ensure that it carries the above trademarks or else if you decide to dine out ensure that you dine from restaurants that have been granted approval from FDA regarding their organic menu. We all know that the myriad of population across the globe is living a fast paced life and time is a scarce commodity and each and everyone is busy. In such a world the idea of dining out in restaurants is something that cannot be strayed away from. So if you are an organic food enthusiast and simultaneously prefer eating out as well, be sagacious and choose restaurants that are pioneers in the field of organic food.

Nowadays people are becoming more and more prudent of their health and diet. With increase in such consciousness people are gradually shifting to foods prepared organically. Thus the organic food market is blooming and this article serves to enlighten about the certification employed to ensure that the food in fact is organic.

Being an organic food enthusiast myself as well as a frequent traveler I had the opportunity to dine from The American Joint, I really loved the
succulent dishes and the quality service.

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