Words for Food – Mother Earth News

What do the words on your food (or vegetable supplies) tags mean? Do you know the difference between organic, natural and sustainable? Are there any rules for who can use which accounts? It is important to know what the terms used to describe the product are when you buy seeds or plants in the farmers’ market or grocery store or in the garden. It is also important to understand that some words have different meanings for different people and are sometimes used more often for marketing (and sometimes to mislead customers) than to convey the correct meaning. Let us consider some of the “official” words that can be interpreted in different ways, while others can be misinterpreted or misinterpreted.

“Official” words for food and plants

There are a few words you can find in grocery stores, farmers’ markets or gardens because they are part of a law or code or part of an official certification process. For example, a product in the US contains the word “”.Certified organic”Or“OrganicIt must be manufactured in accordance with the National Organisation Certification Process, which is defined by federal policy and administered by the USDA. While there are many minute details for organic production, “big picture” means only organic / natural soil improvements and pesticides can be used – usually from a biological or elemental source. It should be noted that organic is not pest-free.

The organic certification process is expensive and time consuming, and alternative manufacturers such as Certified Naturally Grown and Regenerative Organic Certified have been developed because some manufacturers feel that restrictions are not sufficient. These certificates are administered by private entities, not USDAs.

Another utterance “Biodiesel,“Agriculture” should be a closed system that incorporates certain organic principles, which means that no inputs such as fertile foreign resources are used. A product must be certified in Dmitter USA to be labeled “biomodynamic.”

Many other certifications, such as Animal Safety and Salmon Safety, guarantee the safety of livestock and proper wild fishing practices.

“Official” words for growth and marketing

Although “official” words have a certification in their respective industries, the other words we use for production and marketing do not have official meanings and are often intended for translation. When there is a relationship between consumer and producer, a customer who buys directly from the farmer’s market says that there can be a discussion to share the meaning of the words. In grocery stores, words are often left to the customer’s interpretation.

For example, when the word “organic” or “certified organic” requires an official certificate, use the word “”Organic grown.“It does not. Many smallholder farmers use this term to describe their use of organic practices, but their understanding of practices may deviate from the” official “meaning. Natural Or He grew up naturally. It can also be used to describe a product or services in a grocery store, but there is no official definition. Awareness can be developed when customers and producers can discuss what the words mean. However, in the absence of such a relationship, it is difficult to know what the words mean. For example, an ad might say, “A product is natural, so you know it’s good.”

The word “Local”It also has no specific meaning and may vary according to context. It is the National Farmers Market Coalition that needs to create vendor rules and determine what each market means for the individual market. For example, the nearest meat producer may be larger than the one outside the city. Urban markets may need to hire vendors a little farther than the suburbs. If you have any questions about your local market rules or seller location – ask! In a grocery store, the local chain can mean anything. Sometimes this means that it is in one state or at another time regional. Foods in the grocery store will often have the name of the city or region you came from to learn more about each item.

Terms Lasting And Renewal It can be used to describe production practices or the farmer’s philosophy. Although there are no official statements, the USDA Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Program defines sustainable agriculture as universal agricultural practices that promote environmental protection, profitability, and personal / social benefit. Although most of the word sustainability for the market is used in the context of the environment. Rehabilitation agriculture is a relatively new production practices that focus on environmental protection to combat climate change and / or environmental degradation and social inequality and often involves improving soil health. While the terms continuous and regenerative may seem interchangeable, there are differences (primarily in terms of economic sustainability and current environmental conditions).

Words that can be confusing or misleading

While there may be some words that are very clear to the user, the information or purpose may seem completely different from the audience. These words are often used as buzzwords for marketing or can be used to create a misunderstanding. For these words, alternative words or additional explanations can reduce confusion.

It is the same word that is often used Chemical free. This is often used to describe a product or food produced without pesticides. But it can be misinterpreted and misunderstood from a chemical-free use. This may be a face-to-face response, but as a scientist I often find it embarrassing when I hear this word in the farmers market because I know that everything is made of chemicals – stone, plants, animals, humans, and air and water. They are chemicals. Some say that the use of this term is based on fear of pesticides (even organic ones) or anti-chemical “chemophobia”. Use as a more accurate word Pest-free It conveys the same message without anti-scientific interpretations and reduces the chances of misinterpretation.

Non-GMO Another term coined to be a fear-based marketing term is widespread in grocery stores, seed shops and farmers’ markets. Despite the risks and benefits of genetic engineering technology, the use of the term non-GMO is often uncommon and confusing for users. Most bio-engineered crops are produced as commodities – corn, soybeans, sugar beans, cotton, canola, etc. Only a handful of crops are available or produced at the farmer’s market – sweet corn, summer squash. , Papaya and an apple. But these crops grow in very small quantities, are not available to small farmers or home gardeners, they only sell in large quantities and require a contract of purchase. Most of the produce grown in the United States is currently genetically engineered – no GMO tomatoes, lettuce, radish, etc. Although not all tomatoes are GMO, many are particularly interested in non-GMO tomatoes. There is a third-party certification process on non-GMO projects (almost every product you see with a butterfly logo, bottled water and salt) but due to the confusion and misinformation surrounding the term, the US government has recently set a standard.Bioengineering”Identification criteria of all products and products that contain or incorporate genetic engineering crops or ingredients.

A few more words on words…

Words can be confusing and confusing, but being an educated consumer (or producer) can help reduce confusion and help us understand the food we eat. Although we do not cover every word you encounter on this account, examining the words you see will help you build your account dictionary. Raising interest in finding out where your food comes from should be a fun way to connect with those on your plate and in your community. Get out there and enjoy the learning process! You can see some more words related to agriculture and food here.

This article was written by John Porter in collaboration with the staff of the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) and is part of the FMC’s partnership with the Mother Earth News Exhibition.

John Porter is a professor of urban agricultural extension education for Nebraska Extension in the Omaha Metro area and also a program leader for Nebraska Extension. His work includes leading a team of horticulture, onomology and environmental education teachers in Nebraska and supporting commercial and domestic fruit and vegetable growers, enabling immigrants and immigrants to grow and sell produce, coordinate programs to support agricultural business development, and strengthen and strengthen the region. Local food system through a number of collaborative efforts. He is also a Judge of the All-American Choice Vegetable Program, where he tests dozens of new vegetables and fruits each year for the National Award program and is a long-time agricultural partner of SARE (Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education). Program. He holds a BS degree in Horticulture from West Virginia University in Botany from Marshall University and MS.

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