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  National Organic Harvest Month!
When is National Organic Harvest Month? Always the month of September!

Origin of this Holiday
In 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.

Go Organic! for Earth Day (see International Earth Day)
Go 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.

This 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!

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Organic foods are made according to certain production standards
"The 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 modified."

"Organic 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."

"Historically, 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
"In 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
"Processed 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 ingredients."

"They may also be required to be produced using energy-saving technologies and packaged using recyclable or biodegradable materials when possible."

"Early 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."

"The 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."

"A 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."

"However 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."

Beyond Organic:
"Beyond 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."

Research also:
Antioxidant / National Food month /Vegetarian cuisine / Vegetarian nutrition /
Gardening /Flowers for eating and herbals for healing /Flower of the Month E-Greetings  /  The latest Gardening News /Edible Flowers in the Garden  /  Common Edible Flowers
American Indian food list  / Native American Foods /National Fragrance Day  /
National Salad Month /Bloomin Garden Game  /  Caring for fresh flowers /Bodyscrubs
National Berry Month  / Flower Of The Month /National Maize Day  / Honey for Beauty
Honey for Healing  /The Garden Salad /Mosaic Floral Vase  /  National Flowers
Aromatherapy  / Herb Directory /Oil & Vinegar  / Oatmeal Soap /Tomatoes  / Potpourri

External Links:
Food for Life (relief organization) / Organic_farming /

Resources:  This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article organic food /Organic Harvest Month and other related pages. Top Photo by:USDA photo by Scott Bauer
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